Jong Uichico apologizes for involvement in Gilas-Australia brawl

Hope Soto
July 3, 2018

A basketball game between Australian Boomers and the Philippines descended into chaos, as the match erupted into a vicious fight - including a flying kick from NBA player Thon Maker - during a FIBA World Cup qualifying match.

One of the craziest moments of the massive fight was Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker - who's playing for Australia - throwing a flying knee at an opponent.

Tensions boiled over with four minutes remaining in the third quarter with players and officials from both sides, plus a number of unruly fans, flooding the court at the Philippine Arena on Monday night. The game actually continued, with the Philippines forced to play with just three players.

Basketball Australia CEO, Anthony Moore, released a statement on the incident, following the game.

He also stressed the need for better security measures in these kinds of games, which saw some spectators join the free-for-all, wherein a padded chair was thrown at a player, another one was ganged up, among others.

BA haven't ruled out separate legal action but want to let FIBA's disciplinary process play out first.

Members of the Philippines team are less contrite, with the Filipino guard tweeting that he doesn't "give a fuck" and that "if we're embarrassing in your eyes, why don't you become an Australian".

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During a closed-door practice on Sunday, the Australian team took liberty in peeling off FIBA-approved decals on the floor over "safety concerns" for its players.

Moore issued a statement following the match to apologise for the Boomers' involvement in the violent incident, saying BA were "extremely disappointed" with what happened. "We apologize to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down".

Moldovan said he had seen his fair share of on-court fights in his time - but nothing like this.

The ejection of the nine players left the Nationals with just veterans Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo, and the debuting Baser Amer.

Thon Maker, a 21-year-old forward for the Milwaukee Bucks, was involved in a massive brawl during an global basketball game between Australia and the Philippines today. "Let's respect also the decision that will come out from the referees".

The Philippines proceeded to intentionally foul until they were all disqualified. We will continue the game.

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