Australia V Philippines: Teams Erupt In "Sickening" Brawl At Basketball World Cup Qualifier

A total of 13 players were ejected from the game.

UPDATE: Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore wouldn't rule out criminal charges over the brawl, but is right now waiting for the outcome of the FIBA tribunal. The teams lawyers have been briefed.

He said all the players are shaken up, and Chris Goulding in particular.

"It was alarming, absolutely alarming, when you see a congregation of players at the end of the court and you're saying, is one of our players actually under there?" he told media in Brisbane on Tuesday.

He said the incident has elevated their awareness of security for the team as they play international games in the future.


No fewer than 13 players were ejected from a wild FIBA World Cup qualifying basketball match when the Australian Boomers and the Philippines team erupted in an all-in brawl.

It started with a couple of fouls by Philippines player Roger Pogoy against Boomer Chris Goulding, which saw Aussie Daniel Kickert retaliate by throwing an elbow back at him.

The next second, both teams -- and a few fans -- were engaged in the violent fight, with kicks, punches and even chairs being thrown.

"Unbelievable shame. Sickening," said Fox Sports commentator Matt Russell.

"These are sad, disgraceful, deplorable scenes in the Philippines. I have never seen anything like this in all my years covering professional sport involving Australian teams."

Play was suspended for 30 minutes while match officials reviewed the incident, ejecting 13 players from the court: Goulding, Kickert, Thon Maker and Nathan Sobey, along with nine from the Philippines side.

A photo snapped by SPIN shows Aussie player Nathan Sobey being punched in the face by a non-player, while security is attempting to move him away.

Retired boomer Chris Anstey tweeted that the man throwing the punch "needs to be arrested".

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 defeated the Philippines 89-53; the Boomers had held a comfortable 79-48 lead prior to the brawl.

Scheduled post-match press conferences for both teams were cancelled.

Basketball Australia's Chief Executive Anthony Moore issued a statement apologising for the Boomers' involvement.

"Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight's match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila," he said.

"We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it.

"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."

He's expected to hold a press conference later on Tuesday.

FIBA confirmed that disciplinary actions were now proceeding against both teams, with decisions expected in the next couple days.