Wild brawl mars World Cup basketball qualifier in Philippines

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

Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore issued a statement following the Aussies' 89-53 win.

The International Basketball Federation is expected to deliver punishments to the offending players.

The Bucks said they would have no comment about Maker. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", Moore said.

"[Looking at the footage] one of our players, Nathan Sobey, is getting assaulted by a fan".

"Luc Longley might have just saved Chris Goulding's life".

Members of the Philippines squad cleared the bench for the fight, and one National Basketball Association player, Thon Maker, got involved in the fight.

The BA chief acknowledged however that Australian team management had ripped up decals at their training space after players had fallen heavily, tripping over the signs.

"Last night's incident certainly elevates our awareness to security and what we actually need around to protect our players". There was a heightened sense of anxiety.

Those involved face disciplinary proceedings, with Fiba to assemble a tribunal and expected to act swiftly.

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

Goulding was left "battered and bruised" and "appalled" by what took place, according to his agent Daniel Moldovan. "As our loss against Japan shows, this is a very tough competition, and we wanted the best environment for all players whose health and safety is critical", it added.

You can see footage of the fight below. "It was alarming to see one our players surrounded by about 20 people".

Australia were lead 79-48 in the third quarter when guard Chris Goulding was knocked to the court by a Philippines player. "I found that very odd", Moore said. "I found that very odd, in a tinderbox environment to continue like that".

Toward the end of the brawl, a chair and a water bottle were thrown at an Australian player.

Commentator and former Boomer Shane Heal said the Australians were "defending" themselves, although he noted that Kickert "has a serious case to answer".

Jong Uichico says his emotions got the better of him as he joined the bench-clearing brawl between the Philippines and Australia.

"We need to work incredibly hard to fix our image".

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