Senators stand by Gilas Pilipinas amid brawl with Australia

The ejections left the Philippines with only three players, including Gabe Norwood, a guard on the George Mason team that advanced to the 2006 Final Four, but the game continued anyway.

Regarding the penalties to be handed out by FIBA, the world's governing body for basketball, the Palace hopes that as the true sportsmen the Philippines' players are, they should honor the decision gracefully.

Moore said Australian players, coaches and officials held genuine fears for their physical safety in what he described as a "tinderbox" of tension in the Philippines, where basketball is the most popular sport. While we accept our role in the incident, what we don't accept is when fans and officials get involved.

Nine Philippines players and four Australians were given their marching orders. Blatche and Pogoy, Terrence Romeo Carl Bryan Cruz, Jayson William, Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright.

Australia Daniel Kickert responded to his teammate being knocked down by elbowing an opposition player in the head. "That's why it's call sports but at the time we're saying we empathize they have to act as a team which will not justify their conduct". "We are hosting this game, and this is basketball". Eventually, the team's remaining players fouled out and ended the game by default.

After a lengthy delay, officials returned to the court to announce the game would resume with 13 players having been ejected.

One of the craziest snippets from the entire melee came from Bucks and Australia star Maker though. "So, we find that an extraordinary allegation." .

There's been no word yet on any further disciplinary action from FIBA, but there's a possibility that punishment such as sanctions and/or fines could be coming down.

That's when the game was stopped, resulting in an 89-53 victory for Australia.

Scheduled post-match press conferences for both teams were cancelled in the aftermath of the incident.

Chief Executive of Basketball Australia Anthony Moore duly issued an apology for his team's part in the fracas.

  • Angelo Rivera