Darkest 'basket-brawl' moments in recent memory

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(CNN Philippines) — Basketball is a global sport that brings people together.

Whether it's an international or local game, the point of basketball is to unite opposing sides with one shared goal — bring home the victory.

But what if the physicality goes beyond the rules?

We take a look at some of the recent ugliest hardcourt scuffles here and abroad.

July 2, 2018

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 started at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter with the Philippines down by a huge deficit, 79-48. Filipino cager RR Pogoy pushed Australian Chris Goulding on a drive that led to the retaliation of Daniel Kickert which triggered the fight.

It resulted to the ejection of 13 players, nine Filipinos and four Australians, due to committing disqualifying fouls.

Australia went on to beat Gilas Pilipinas by default, 89-53.

August 25, 2017

An on-court scuffle broke out between the De La Salle University Green Archers and Far Eastern University Tamaraws during a pocket tournament in Davao City.

Several players were ejected before the event organizers decided to call off the match with 20 seconds left in the third quarter and FEU ahead, 70-57.

September 22, 2014

A bench-clearing fracas erupted between the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals and Mapua Cardinals during their NCAA Season 90 game.

The match turned ugly after EAC's John Tayongtong threw a punch to CJ Isit which ignited the tussle.

The game was stopped with 28.6 seconds left in regulation and EAC winning, 86-77.

17 players and the three referees who officiated the contest were suspended following the incident.

November 19, 2004

Dubbed as "Malice in the Palace," the basketball game between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Piston remain to be the most infamous brawl in National Basketball Association (NBA) history.

The fight began with 45.9 seconds remaining in the game and Indiana was leading, 97-82.

Indiana's Ron Artest (now known as Metta World Peace) fouled Detroit's Ben Wallace in a lay-up attempt which the latter did not appreciate. Things escalated quickly when players from both squads tried to pacify the two players.

It got worse when Artest attacked a fan from the stands.

The NBA slapped a total of 146 game suspension for the nine cagers involved, which led to $11 million in the players' salary loss.

Five players were also charged with assault and were sentenced to a year of probation and community service.