Brawl ensued in Gilas Pilipinas vs Australia game; Aussies win by default

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The Gilas Pilipinas lost by default against the Australian team after most of its players were ejected because of a brawl that ensued in the last minutes of the third quarter.

A total of 13 players from both teams were ejected from the said game.

This marked the second defeat of Gilas in the Asian qualifiers of the 2019 FIBA World Cup, with both losses coming from the hands of the Aussies.

During the game at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on July 2, the fight started after Roger Pogoy of the Philippine team collided with Chris Golding of the Australian team, causing the latter to get knocked down.

In retaliation, Aussie Daniel Kickert elbowed Pogoy, an act that earned the ire of Gilas players Andray Blatche and Jayson Castro who responded by hitting the 6’10 Australian center.

From there, it escalated into an all-out scuffle, which also saw some involvement from the audience, causing the game to be stopped with 4:01 left in the third quarter, and Australia leading by 31 points, 79-48.

The game was halted for more than 30 minutes.  While waiting for the game to resume, the Gilas fans chanted, showing their support to the team while the referees try to decide what penalties to impose against the players involved in the scuffle.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman Al Panlilo appealed for the crowd to calm down, and make the Australian team feel safe within the court.

After the long break, it was decided that nine players of the host team: Pogoy, Blatche, Castro, Carl Bryan Cruz, Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Terence Romeo, and four players of the visiting team: Golding, Kickert, Nathan Sobey, and Thon Maker had to be thrown out of the game.

This left the Philippine team with only three players: June Mar Fajardo, Baser Amer, and Gabe Norwood, against an Australian team with eight players left in their line-up.

The game came into an end with 1:57 left in the quarter after Fajardo and Norwood were fouled out leaving Amer in the court.

The final score was 89-53 with the victory going to the Australian team, which seized the lead in Group B with five wins and a single loss while the Philippine team placed second with four wins in the first round of the qualifiers.

Before being ejected from the court, Blatche led the Philippine team with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Goulding contributed 20 points to the victory of the Australian team.


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