Thon Maker Involved in Massive FIBA Brawl

Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker was one of 13 players ejected after a insane brawl broke out during a FIBA qualifier between Australia and the Philippines, Monday.

The Australians won by default, 89-53, Monday at the Philippine Arena after the remaining Filipino players Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo deliberately fouled out less than two minutes left in the third period.

"Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight's match between the Boomers and the Philippines", Moore said in a statement. "We don't play the game in that spirit".

"Whilst we accept our responsibility for our role in last night's incident, what we don't accept is the action whereby fans and officials actually get involved in the fray", Moore told reporters in Brisbane.

Maker, who plays for Australia, launched into a scrum of players who were wrestling near one of the baskets before turning, running at an opposing Philippines player and attempting to kick him.

Also ejected were Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar and Carl Bryan Cruz.

Teammate Daniel Kickert retaliated by elbowing Philippine's Roger Ray Pogoy in the face, and the teams converged under the Philippines' basket. After losing nine players to ejections, the Philippines only had three players still eligible for play.

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Brazil came on strong in the closing stages as Neymar , Roberto Firmino and Miranda all went close but the resolute Swiss held on. But Vladimir Petkovic's men were back on terms within five minutes of the restart, much to the annoyance of the Brazilians.


"The teams are in different ends of the field of play, with the referees in the middle".

But if their side is routed by suspensions it will make things hard for one of the world's fastest growing basketball populations, in short this game could cost them a world cup place and basketball will be poorer for it.

"That is something that we absolutely don't believe occurred and that will come out as part of the tribunal process that FIBA undertake", he said. The teams lawyers have been briefed.

Senators stand by Gilas Pilipinas after a brawl with Australia during a FIBA qualifier match on July 2.

Players from both teams engaged in an all-in brawl while officials charged onto the court to try and restore order.

The victory means that Australia finishes on top of Asian Zone Group B with five wins from six games, though both teams had already progressed to the second stage of qualification.

  • Lawrence Cooper