FIBA World Cup qualifying game turns into brawl

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

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The Boomers defeated the Philippines 89-53 to top their Asian qualifying group in a match that had to end early when the hosts ran out of players shortly after the third quarter ejections.

After Norwood and teammate June Mar Fajardo fouled out, leaving the Philippines with one player, the game was called with 1:57 to play in the third quarter.

"We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it". "We don't play the game in that spirit".

The absurd clash was caught on camera and beamed live around the world by sports broadcasters, with players in Australia shocked as Kickert was seen being chased around the court by fed-up Filipino players. This is assault! Spats and occasionally fights happen in a game, but for a bench to clear and players, support staff, arena employees to start kicking, stomping, throwing chairs - it is ASSAULT!

"We would need assurances from the PBA, FIBA and we would speak with the Australian consulate on sentiment and how things feel on the ground", Moore said.

The incident escalated quickly and players from both teams got involved in a brawl. Chris Goulding is under a pack of officials and players.

From there, things get insane, with benches clearing and all-out chaos. "Chris certainly is shaken up". Andray Blatche, who used to play in the National Basketball Association for the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets and now plays for the Philippines, was also involved in the brawl.

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'To my fellow filipino players who say we're embarrassing.

"Being from a war-torn country, basketball for me has always been a means to bring people together", he said on Twitter.

"My hope is that this experience provides a springboard for discussion regarding the security surrounding these games".

"I take responsibilty for my actions knowing that they were a result of MY DESIRE to protect my teammates and myself. The decision (s) will be communicated in the coming days", FIBA said.

The Philippines are on track to qualify for next year's Fiba World Cup as long as they could find some wins in the second round of qualifying against middle eastern nations.

But the players from the Philipines seemed pretty pleased with themselves for what had transpired. The home side fouled themselves out until only one player remained, triggering the game's abandonment.

The action for which everyone actually turned up to watch did continue, briefly, with the game being played 5 v 3.

Moore refuted claims from Philippines coach Chot Reyes that Boomers forward Daniel Kickert made contact with his players during the warm ups but he also wouldn't comment on the behaviour of the Philippines players, stating their conduct was for FIBA to assess.

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