Players react to Gilas vs. Australia brawl
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 02, 2018 11:11 PM
The Gilas versus Australia FIBA World Cup Qualifier match was cut short because of a bench-clearing brawl that left 13 players ejected.
What was supposed to be a non-bearing FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers meeting between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia ended in infamy, as a massive brawl ultimately put a stop to the game, Monday evening at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
With Australia up 31 midway through the third quarter, things got physical between Gilas player RR Pogoy and Australian players Chris Goulding and Daniel Kickert, eventually erupting to a bench-clearing brawl that saw punches, kicks, water bottles, and even chairs get thrown.
Bench-clearing brawl between Gilas and Australia. pic.twitter.com/RotOFNiMgl— Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) July 2, 2018
The incident, of course, became viral almost instantly.
Andrew Bogut, and Australian former NBA player and national team member obviously wasn't pleased with the events that took place.
MAN WTF!!! Disgusting— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) July 2, 2018
Cameras caught a number of Gilas players, led by Marc Pingris, taking a selfie as the officials sorted things out. This didn't sit well with Bogut either.
Blokes taking a team selfie after all that. Down 31. Yep. They really just took a team selfie.— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) July 2, 2018
Being the hosts, it certainly wasn't a good look on the Philippines' part, and a number of former Gilas players and current PBA players expressed their dismay as well.
Embarassing…— Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) July 2, 2018
Roommate!! 😩🤦♂️🤦♂️— L.A Tenorio (@LA_Tenorio) July 2, 2018
Can’t believe some people are proud of this.... 🤦🏽♂️ wrong sport!— Solomon Mercado (@M3rcMyWords) July 2, 2018
Junemar tho... what a beast! And didn’t feel the need to throw one punch or throw any chairs to show his pride. #4timeMVP— Solomon Mercado (@M3rcMyWords) July 2, 2018
Embarrassing!!!— Chris Ross (@cmross6) July 2, 2018
This is unfortunate.— joe devance (@jdv_38) July 2, 2018
Aleast we won the rumble not sure about the game!!— marcus douthit (@DouthitMarcus) July 2, 2018
As a player, what would u do if u are hit or u see ur teammate get hit on the face? U cant just back down. Goes for both 🇵🇭 and 🇦🇺 players. Im not saying that the fight is a good thing. Tough situation really. #GilasPilipinas— Jai Reyes (@jaireyes5) July 2, 2018
This is embarrassing— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) July 2, 2018
Congrats .. yall just made shaqtin a fool— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) July 2, 2018
Wow man....😔— Kel Williams (@KelWilliams21) July 2, 2018
Christian Standhardinger, a former Gilas player himself, took to Twitter to stand up for his basketball brothers.
If you attack one of us, you attack all of us! THAT WAS A CHEAP SHOT AGAINST POGOY. I hope nobody got seriously injured.— Chris Standhardinger (@cstandhardinger) July 2, 2018
Wag nalang tayo magmalinis lahat.. kung ikaw yung nasa court at nakita mo yung teammate mo na sadyang sinaktan matutuwa ka?? Isip tayo!! Wag tayo puro embarrasing!! Oo panget tignan masisira name ng bansa pero wag paagarabyado lalo na sarili natin bansa to!!— Ronald Tubid (@ront71) July 2, 2018
Other members of the Philippine basketball community also took to Twitter to share their two cents.
This is not gonna be good for our country in the long run 😕— Thirdy (@ThirdyRavenaaa) July 2, 2018
😳— Kib Montalbo (@kibmontalbo) July 2, 2018
It's just so difficult to keep your cool in a crazy situation like that (I probably couldn't)— Jason Webb (@Jason_Webb_Phil) July 2, 2018
I've always had the highest regard for JMF and Gabe pero lalo pang tumaas ngayon. (And Baser too)
Even NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up Donovan Mitchell, who was in Manila just a few weeks ago, caught wind of the fiasco.
Yo @ThonMaker14 out here tryin hit dudes wit the flying knee😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) July 2, 2018
Thon Maker, a player for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Australian National Team, was seen on camera attempting a flying kick on Gilas guard Terrence Romeo.
Speaking of Romeo, the fan-favorite was unapologetic as he stood up for his Gilas teammates as well.
Dun sa mga kapwa namin players na nag sasabing embarassing kami wala kaming paki alam sa inyo . Kami mag kaka teammate sa loob kailangan namin mag tulungan. Hindi namin pwede pabayaan yung isat isa. Kung embarassing kami sa mata niyo bat di kayo mag convert ng australian.— Terrence Romeo (@tbvromeo) July 2, 2018
Kahit anong sabihin niyo nag lalaro kami para sa isat isa para sa kapwa natin pilipino higit sa lahat para sa bayan. Hindi niyo alam ang sacrifice namin Kung para sainyo mali tulungan namin yung kakampi namin sinasaktan problema niyo na yun basta kami walang iwanan tapos!!!— Terrence Romeo (@tbvromeo) July 2, 2018
In the end, 13 players were ejected, with nine of them coming from Gilas Pilipinas.
The game continued, with Baser Amer, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo being the lone Gilas players not to be ejected.
The game waa called eventually, with Australia winning 89-53.
According to FIBA, disciplinary proceedings will be opened and decisions, and most likely sanctions will be handed out in the coming days.
Following the incident that occured in the third quarter of the Philippines-Australia game on Monday in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers, FIBA will now open disciplinary proceedings against both teams. The decision(s) will be communicated in the coming days.— FIBA media (@FIBA_media) July 2, 2018