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Nauwi sa rambol! Fist fight ensues during Gilas vs Australia game

A fight broke out during the game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia in the third window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Monday.
George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
The Boomers, who were showing excellent ball movement, stifling defense and accurate three-point shooting. were up big, 79-48, with still 4:01 left in the third period when the game was suddenly halted.

The game was already hot with some players from both squads talking trash. But the collision between Gilas gunner Roger Pogoy and Australian veteran Chris Goulding started what would eventually escalate into an ugly free-for-all.

Goulding dropped on the floor after the collision, prompting Australian big man Daniel Kickert to throw an elbow on Pogoy.

Punches were thrown from both camps while South Sudan-Australian slotman Thon Maker was seen kicking Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche during the bench-clearing incident.

Terrence Romeo also threw a punch at the back of the head of Maker. The NBA player retaliated with a flying kick, but missed Romeo.


Gilas Pilipinas'€™ Calvin Abueva makes a fighting stance against an Australia Boomers official. Winston Baltasar/ESPN5
SBP president Al Panlilio addressed the crowd during the break.

"I want to appeal to everybody to please settle down. We didn't want what happened to happen. We are hosting this game, and this is basketball. At the end of this we will await for the referees' decision. Please respect the game and make our visitors safe in the arena," he said.

"We will continue the game. Let's show respect to our friends from Australia. Let's respect also the decision that will come out from the referees."

Officials made a decision to eject 13 players from the game: Australian players Maker, Christopher Goulding, Nathan Sobey, and Daniel Kickert, and nine players from the Philippine team namely Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Carl Bryan Cruz, Calvin Abueva, Andray Blatche, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright.

The game resumed with Gilas only fielding three players - June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood and Baser Amer. Norwood and Fajardo soon fouled out, leaving Amer as the lone Philippine player on the court which forced the officials to call the game with Australia winning 89-53.

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