Insane brawl breaks out in FIBA qualifier between Australia and Philippines

Andray Blatche of Gilas Pilipinas blocks a shot by Cheng-ju Lu of Chinese Taipei. Gilas won 93-71

Andray Blatche of Gilas Pilipinas blocks a shot by Cheng-ju Lu of Chinese Taipei. Gilas won 93-71

Although he did not appear to start the fight, Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker - in his first year representing Australia - is seen delivering a flying kick.

The match, in Bulacan, in the Philippines, was eventually called off at the end of the third quarter with Australia leading 89-53, after the hosts lost another player due to a foul.

National Basketball Association veteran Andray Blatche, of the Philippines, was also one of the notable players involved in the fight that were ejected.

There was no press conference following the game, but Naredo reported that FIBA will study game reports from technical delegates to referees before handing out possible suspensions or other disciplinary actions.

The BA chief acknowledged however that Australian team management had ripped up decals at their training space after players had fallen heavily, tripping over the signs.

Both benches emptied, with punches were thrown from both camps.

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"The most alarming part to us was that it escalated out of the players side, into fans and officials".

Basketball Australia said on social media that all the Boomers team were safe and well after the incident.

The brawl reportedly resulted in four Australian players, including Maker, and nine Filipino players getting ejected.

Thon Maker has released a statement taking responsibility for his role in the brawl and expressing his deep disappointment in the entire fiasco.

The sight of a seven footer flying through the air in such a manner was both terrifying and comical, and he was duly ejected for his freakish act.

The Philippines, Japan and Indonesia will host the 2023 FIBA World Cup and Moore admitted the Philippines Basketball Association would face some stern questions from FIBA about how they could manage such a tournament. "The decision (s) will be communicated in the coming days", FIBA said. The home side fouled themselves out until only one player remained, triggering the game's abandonment.

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