Insane brawl breaks out in FIBA qualifier between Australia and Philippines

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Basketball's global governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

It left just three eligible players from the Philippines side, but the match continued until two of their players appeared to deliberately foul out.

Australia was leading 79-48 with just over four minutes to play in the third period when a foul in the lane halted play.

National Basketball Association star Thon Maker found himself in the thick of the fray when an all-in brawl broke out between Australia and the Philippines during a World Cup qualifier.

The chief executive of Basketball Australia Anthony Moore apologised for the violence. "We don't play the game in that spirit".

"What we don't accept is the action whereby fans and officials actually get involved in the fray", he said. Blatche and Pogoy, Terrence Romeo Carl Bryan Cruz, Jayson William, Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright. Australia big man Daniel Kickert retaliated by leveling Pogoy with an elbow to the face, precipitating an all-out brawl that featured several punches, flying kicks, a thrown chair and, eventually, 13 ejections.

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To avoid a repeat of the incident, Roque said he hopes there would be "better referees who would intervene when there's a foul move made by one of the players. It's a conversation we've had with team management", he told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday.

"We absolutely refute that".

"We want basketball to be the victor". "I hope our players, as true sportsmen, will honor whatever the decision FiBA will be graciously", he said.

Very rarely do you see that sort of reaction to that type of incident.

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

The incident started when Goulding, who scored a game-high 20 points, was felled when struck by Philippines guard Roger Pogoy off the ball.

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