Insane brawl in Philippines - Australia

The Philippine Arena court. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

The Philippine Arena court. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

Tensions boiled over with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, with players and officials from both sides, plus a number of unruly fans, flooding the court in disgraceful scenes of violence.

A statement from the chief executive of Basketball Australia noted that they "deeply regret" the "incident".

"I found that very odd that they seemed to be enjoying the moment", Moore said.

Maker, Kickert, Christopher Goulding and Nathan Sobey were ejected for Australia.

A violent brawl broke out during a game between Australia and the Philippines.

A brawl forced officials to halt the game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia at Philippine Arena on Monday night.

During a closed-door practice on Sunday, the Australian team took liberty in peeling off FIBA-approved decals on the floor over "safety concerns" for its players. "The decision (s) will be communicated in the coming days", FIBA said.

Thirteen players were ejected with four from Australia and nine from the Philippines. As such, the match ended at 1:57 of the third quarter in what amounted to an 89-53 win for Australia. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", Moore said. "They're bruised and battered, but there are no breaks. This is very hard to watch", Moldovan said. He's a tough one.

Terrence Romeo also threw a punch at the back of the head of Maker.

"I have to see what FIBA does".

"It was alarming, absolutely alarming, when you see a congregation of players at the end of the court and you're saying, is one of our players actually under there?" he told media in Brisbane on Tuesday. Serious measures would need to be put in place before I'm comfortable to send players to these environments again.

There have today been calls for criminal charges against those involved. Maker, who played last season for the Milwaukee Bucks in the National Basketball Association in the United States, retaliated with a flying kick but missed Romeo.

Both teams had already advanced to the next round of qualifying.

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