FIBA WORLD CUP: 10 Gilas players suspended for brawl with Boomers

FIBA WORLD CUP: 10 Gilas players suspended
In a decision by FIBA released Thursday, July 19, a little over three weeks since the incident, the world governing body of basketball has decided to hand out severe sanctions to the Philippine national team.

Gilas Pilipinas will pay for its actions following the ugly brawl against Australia last July 2 in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena.

In a decision by FIBA released Thursday, July 19, a little over three weeks since the incident, the world governing body of basketball has decided to hand out severe sanctions to the Philippine national team.

Calvin Abueva bears most of the brunt as he's suspended for six games in FIBA-sanctioned competitions. Abueva gets extra time due to prior unsportsmanile behavior in FIBA competition.

RR Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Jio Jalalon are suspended for five games each. Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, and Troy Rosario are banned for three games.

Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright will be suspended for one game. All games will be counted in the still ongoing 2019 World Cup Qualifiers meaning Abueva is set to miss the entire second round of the Asian tournament.

Gabe Norwood escaped sanctions and while FIBA didn't mention June Mar Fajardo and Baser Amer, it should be safe to assume that both players are safe as well. Allein Maliksi appears to be good also.

On the part of the Boomers, three players are suspended with forward Daniel Kickert, the one who landed the first solid hit on Pogoy after the Filipino guard shoved Chris Goulding, serving a five-game ban.

Thon Maker is suspended for three games while Goulding is suspended for one game. Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee escaped sanctions. It should be worth noting as well that the Australians never left their bench area during the scuffle.

 


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