FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas could learn a thing or two from Boomers' bench

Paul Lintag on Jul 03, 2018 12:31 PM
FIBA: Gilas could learn a thing or two from Boomers' bench
In the midst of the unfortunate brawl Monday at the Philippine Arena during the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers between Gilas and the Boomers, the Pinoy's bench was cleared as they tried to go after the visitors.

MANILA, Philippines --- Regardless of who started it, the Philippines might learn a thing or two from Australia in terns of reacting to a very tense and violent situation.

In the midst of the unfortunate brawl Monday at the Philippine Arena during the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers between Gilas and the Boomers, the Pinoy's bench was cleared as they tried to go after the visitors.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl]

It was a natural reaction from Gilas as they tried to defend one another from the towering Australians.

It was natural, but obviously not the right thing.

In the middle of it all, while five of their teammates were pratically being mugged, the Australian bench stood their ground and never left their area.

The Boomers stayed where they are.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Boomers regret ugly brawl with Gilas Pilipinas]

In this video below courtesy of S+A's Martin Javier, Australia showed incredible restraint and composure.

Regardless of who started it, things should be kept under control

The Boomers obviously took the lesser punishment and only had four players ejected. Gilas lost nine players and ended up losing by default.

June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, and Baser Amer stayed for Gilas and continued playing. Fajardo and Norwood fouled out, leaving Amer to fend for himself.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game]

That's when the game ended, mercifully.

FIBA is set to hand out its final decision in the coming days regarding the matter but the very basic lesson here is there's always a way to settle disputes without engaging in violence.

We should know better by now.

 

 

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