FIBA to start “disciplinary probe” on Gilas, Boomers; Basketball Australia, SBP say sorry

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Coming at the heels of the ugly brawl that involved Gilas Pilipinas and Australia in Monday night’s FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifier at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, both teams can expect stiff penalties coming their way soon.

This FIBA stressed that it will subject the Pinoys and the Boomers to “disciplinary proceedings” following their highly physical altercation in the final game of the third window of group play.

The fracas resulted in 13 player ejections — 9 from the Philippines and 4 from Australia.

In its official Twitter account, @FIBA_media, the sport’s world governing body said the “decision(s) will be communicated in the coming days”.

With Australia comfortably ahead at 79-48 at the 4:01 mark of the third period, the heated game was suddenly halted after the Philippines’ Roger Pogoy and Australian veteran Chris Goulding collided that eventually led to players from both squads rushing to the defense of their respective teammates, dishing out punches and kicks.

Game officials reviewed the game tape for close to an hour. As play resumed, only June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, and Baser Amer were left to hold the fort for the host team. Fajardo and Norwood soon fouled out leaving Amer as the last man standing for the Philippines.

The game officially ended with a little less than two minutes left in the quarter as Australia seals a 89-53 win by default and the top spot in Group B at 5-1. Gilas, meanwhile, is in solo second place at 4-2.

Basketball Australia have since addressed the incident with CEO Anthony Moore saying, in an article published on, “this is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball. We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down.”

SBP president Al Panlilio, likewise, issued an apology posted on his Twitter account.

The country’s national basketball organization relayed its sorry to “Filipino basketball fans and to the basketball community that occurred during last night’s game” and that “as hosts, we regret having breached the bounds of traditional Filipino hospitality.”

Panlilio also vowed that the SBP will “review the incident comprehensively and await the decision of FIBA with respect to the disciplinary proceedings on the matter.”


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