Australia beats Gilas by default after fight-marred match in FIBA World Cup qualifiers

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Photo courtesy: FIBA

Bocaue, Bulacan (CNN Philippines, July 2) — A free-for-all on-court melee took place at the third window match between the Philippines and Australia in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

It happened at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter with the Philippines trailing 79-48. Filipino cager RR Pogoy pushed Australian Chris Goulding on a drive that led to the retaliation of Daniel Kickert which ignited the brawl.

 

It resulted to the ejection of a total 13 players in a scuffle between the Philippines and Australia.

Gilas players Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Carl Bryan Cruz, Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright were thrown out, while Australians Chris Goulding, Kickert, Thon Maker, and Nathan Sobey were also ejected.

The Australians won by default, 89-53, Monday at the Philippine Arena after the remaining Filipino players Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo deliberately fouled out less than two minutes left in the third period.

Baser Amer was the last standing Gilas cager.

In a statement posted following the contest, FIBA said it will open disciplinary proceedings against both teams and that the decision will be communicated in the coming days.

Australia grabbed the top spot in Group B with a 5-1 win-loss card, while the Philippines dropped to 4-2 in the standings.