Australian basketballers 'in fear' for safety in Philippines brawl
03 July 2018, 11:10 | Kristine Mills
Andray Blatche of Gilas Pilipinas blocks a shot by Cheng-ju Lu of Chinese Taipei. Gilas won 93-71
Basketball's global governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after their World Cup 2019 Asian qualifier descended into chaos with 13 players ejected for brawling during the match.
Thirteen players were ejected - four from Australia, including Maker, and nine from the Philippines.
The third period saw Australia continue firing from all cylinders, stretching its lead to 31 points, 79-48, with four minutes remaining before a fight broke loose.
In a statement prior to Monday night's match, the Australian team, through Mark Bradtke of the Australian Basketball Federation, said it meant no disrespect and was just looking after the welfare of its players.
Basketball Australia said on social media that all the Boomers team were safe and well after the incident.
"What we don't accept is the action whereby fans and officials actually get involved in the fray", he said.
A recent FIBA basketball game between Australia and the Philippines has made waves due to the breakout of what has been called "the biggest basketball brawl since the Malice at the Palace".
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