Australia-Philippines erupts in all-out brawl

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

After being part of a bad fight in the Australia-Philippines' FIBA World Cup qualifier game on Monday, Andray Blatche - who spent nine seasons in the National Basketball Association - took to Twitter to explain why he didn't just use his words.

An ugly brawl has marred Australia's 89-53 Fiba World Cup qualifying win over the Philippines in Manila. With most of its roster thrown out of the game, the Philippines was forced to play the rest of the third period with just three players.

Basketball Australia's Chief Executive Anthony Moore issued a statement following the match to apologise for the Boomers' involvement in the violent incident.

Nine players from Gilas Pilipinas, namely, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Andray Blatche, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Carl Bryan Cruz and Matthew Wright were all slapped with disqualifying fouls. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", Moore said. "The Philippine basketball federation and the players are our friends and neighbors, but also a very tough opponent that we respect very much". But the incident may just overshadow performances from both teams. At the end of this we will await for the referees' decision. Both benches emptied and the brawl spilled over to the sidelines, where Australia's Nathan Sobey was hit with a flying chair. Unlike the Crimson Tide in that game, though, the Filipinos didn't put up much of a fight: Two more players fouled out, leaving them with one eligible player with 1:57 left in the third quarter.

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Maker is only in his second Boomers game and he is a likely selection for next year's World Cup.

The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has opened disciplinary proceedings against both sides.

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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