[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”16″]With only three players remaining in the game to go against the opponent, Gilas Pilipinas succumb to the Australians by default.[/quote]
Bulacan, Philippines – The 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers (Asia) match held at the Philippine Arena, between the Gilas Pilipinas and Australian Boomers, was interrupted by a huge brawl among players during the third quarter.
During the last four (4) minutes of the 3rd Quarter and with the Boomers leading at 79-48 on Gilas, a scuffle broke out after an elbow thrust from RR Pogoy to Nathan Sobey, triggering a reaction from Australian forward Daniel Kickert. Kickert hit Pogoy with an elbow across his face, igniting the brawl.
After a thorough and all-angle review by the referees and FIBA officials, some players from both sides were kicked out of the game. Nine (9) players from the Philippines who were directly involved in the fist fight, including those who went to pacify the other players, were booted out as per FIBA rules and regulations. They are Terrence Romeo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Andray Blatche, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, and Matthew Wright.
Meanwhile, four players from the Boomers were ejected from the game, namely Nathan Sobey, Chris Goulding, Thon Maker, and Daniel Kickert.
Only three players remain from Gilas to go up against the Boomers, namely, Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo and Amer Baser. Norwood and Fajardo were also fouled out in the remaining minutes of the third quarter leaving only Baser in the floor for Gilas. Australia wins by default, 89-53.
The Boomers grabs the solo lead in the Group B of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers with 5-1, while Gilas Pilipinas drops to second place with 4-2. Gilas suffered those two losses from Australia.
Watch the Philippines vs Australia on court brawl replay video:
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AUSTRALIA 89 — Goulding 20, Kickert 12, Dellavedova 9, Brandt 8, Maker 8, Kay 7, Lisch 7, Sobey 7, Gliddon 6, Drmic 5, Cadee 0, McCarron 0.
PHILIPPINES 53 — Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Castro 8, Aguilar 6, Romeo 6, Norwood 4, Pogoy 4, Amer 3, Abueva 0, Rosario 0, Wright 0.
Quarters: 23-18, 52-37, 89-53