Massive Australia-Philippines basketbrawl leads to 13 ejections, forces cancellation

The Gilas Pilipinas national team huddle up after their practice at the Philippine Arena. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

The Gilas Pilipinas national team huddle up after their practice at the Philippine Arena. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

The score ended in Australia's favor at 79-48, when officials called off the game after repeated (and seemingly intentional) fouls from the Philippines.

A largescale brawl broke out during a FIBA World Cup qualifier between Australia and the Philippines on Monday.

A total of 13 players were tossed out in the Aussies' 89-53 default win - a game that did not even finish with the Filipinos not having enough players to field with 14 minutes left to play.

A basketball game can not continue with only one player for a team.

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Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore apologised to fans in a statement released just before 1am.

Maker, Kickert, Christopher Goulding and Nathan Sobey were ejected for Australia. We will wait for referee's decision, but please I would like us to respect the game'. Should the Boomers qualify, Basketball Australia will hope he can serve any ban in the windows to come.

After toppling a pile, Maker was punched in the back of the head by Terrence Bill Romeo of the Philippines.

FIBA will run a detailed video review of the game, security and the actions of both teams, both coaches and the referees.

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Basketball brawl: Australia Boomers versus Philippines erupts into violence. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", Moore said.

According to The Daily Telegraph, nine players were ejected from the Philippines side, along with four Australians.

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Ultimately, 13 players were ejected from the game, and CNN reports that the basketball governing body FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both sides.

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A better look at the throwdown comes courtesy of Ryan Northover, who recorded footage from the Fox Sports Australia broadcast of the game.

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