Monday night’s Australia-Philippines FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier descended into an ugly brawl after a heated ‘foul’ argument between the Boomers and Gilas. It was an all-team brawl at the third quarter of the game forcing officials to get involved in the violent riot, Aussie players mostly receiving multiple attacks.
During this part of the game, Boomers were leading 79-48. Chris Goulding was then elbowed in the face, sending him to the floor after a following shoulder charge in the midsection.
As if signalling the start of the dirty brawl, Daniel Kickert threw an elbow at Philippines’ Roger Ray Pogoy. Players then joined their respective team’s physical assault against one another, fans seeing players in contrasting yellow and blue jerseys hitting each other.
Kickert, who was even pushed to one corner, was sent to the receiving end of most strikes after numerous Gilas players went to him for revenge.
Of course, this ‘basketbrawl’ shook the Internet and people have a lot to say about the FIBA match’s dirty finale.
Let’s take a look at what the involved players have in mind. Here’s Filipino guard Terrence Romeo’s opinion on Twitter:
Dun sa mga kapwa namin players na nag sasabing embarassing kami wala kaming paki alam sa inyo . Kami mag kaka teammate sa loob kailangan namin mag tulungan. Hindi namin pwede pabayaan yung isat isa. Kung embarassing kami sa mata niyo bat di kayo mag convert ng australian.
— Terrence Romeo (@tbvromeo) 2 July 2018
Translation: “To all our fellow players who say we’re embarrassing, we don’t care what you think. We, teammates inside the court, should help each other. We can’t forsake anyone. If you think we are an embarrassment, why don’t you change your nationalities to Australian.”
Meanwhile, Boomers’ ‘flying kick’ guru issues an apology:
— Thon Maker ™ (@ThonMaker14) 3 July 2018
Filipino players were obviously outraged on the alleged assault against Pogoy. Despite this, the losing team’s coach says he’s deeply sorry for the unfortunate event:
Tonight, my emotions got the better of me like a father who cares about his sons. That does not excuse my actions and I apologize to everyone as in hindsight I should have not gotten involved. This is a painful but maybe necessary lesson for me.
— Jong Uichico (@coachjong) July 2, 2018
On the other hand, Basketball Australia secretary-general also places his apology on behalf of the institution.
The Chief Executive of Basketball Australia, Anthony Moore, has issued the following statement on the FIBA World Cup qualifier in the Philippines: https://t.co/NqsD3pwaKy
— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) July 2, 2018
“Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight’s match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila. We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it.”
Despite all the apologies and waiting for the proper judgment from FIBA, fans and other sports experts were dismayed over the MMA-like basketball court fracas:
This guy needs to be arrested. https://t.co/JtRr4ziDLT
— Chris Anstey (@ChrisAnstey13) July 2, 2018
— Fletcher Doherty (@FletcherDoherty) July 2, 2018
If you attack one of us, you attack all of us! THAT WAS A CHEAP SHOT AGAINST POGOY. I hope nobody got seriously injured.
— Chris Standhardinger (@cstandhardinger) July 2, 2018
— Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) July 2, 2018