Massive Australia vs. Philippines Basketball Brawl Leads to 13 Ejections

Play was suspended for 30 minutes while match officials reviewed the incident, ejecting 13 players from the court: Goulding, Kickert, Thon Maker and Nathan Sobey, along with nine from the Philippines side.

After the incident FIBA tweeted it was opening disciplinary proceedings against both teams, adding "The decision (s) will be communicated in the coming days".

The third period saw Australia continue firing from all cylinders, stretching its lead to 31 points, 79-48, with four minutes remaining before a fight broke loose.

Speaking to Sky News, Basketball Australia chief Anthony Moore denied those claims, saying "there is absolutely nothing from our perspectives and our discussions so far with our athletes and our coaches that anything untoward happened in the warm-up". While we accept our role in the incident, what we don't accept is when fans and officials get involved.

The Australian men's basketball team can expect hefty punishment from the sport's governing body following their involvement an ugly brawl against the Philippines.

"It started when Australia's Daniel Kickert fouled Filipino guard Roger Pogoy and in response Jayson Castro threw a punch and former National Basketball Association journeyman Andray Blatche shoved an Australian player", according to Scooby Jaxson of Sports Illustrated.

"One thing they have to know about this team is we are not going to back down".

"The way in which we want the game to be projected is severely compromised".

"The teams are in different ends of the field of play, with the referees in the middle".

Fighting spilt off the court as the game at the Philippine Arena outside Manila descended into farce, with officials powerless to restore order.

You can see footage of the fight below.

Following the game, both teams did not hold a postgame press conference as deemed necessary by FIBA.

The Sudanese-born Australian took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to issue an apology, stating his actions were borne out of a desire to protect himself and his teammates.

  • Rosalie Stanley