Twitter reacts to massive brawl in Australia vs. Philippines

Twitter reacts to massive brawl in Australia vs. Philippines

Twitter reacts to massive brawl in Australia vs. Philippines

"I have to see what FIBA does".

Andray Blatche, who used to play in the National Basketball Association for the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets and now plays for the Philippines, was also involved in the brawl.

"Hours later and my blood is still boiling".

"In the heat of the moment, the players on both sides had to stand up for each other".

If not for Boomers assistant coach Luc Longley performing a vintage ruck clean out, the situation could have had far worse consequences.

"Luc Longley might have just saved Chris Goulding's life". Holding a chair over him, the Australian guard was repeatedly punched. "Whether there had been things brewing prior to that it's hard to say but it looked like the reaction was ... let's just say it was surprising".

After the game, Australia has a 5-1 record in topping the group, followed by the PH with a 4-2 mark. It started with an elbow to the face of Australia's Chris Goulding. The brouhaha resulted in 13 ejections - including Australia's Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks - and left the Philippines with three players. "We already restrained the players before the game ... it's hard to restrain them".

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A free-for-all on-court melee took place at the third window match between the Philippines and Australia in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. "We didn't want [that to happen]".

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.

"We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down".

Social media users, whether basketball fans, media or former players, had a wide range of reactions to the madness.

The wild scene also involved the throwing of a chair, as seen here.

The Philippines are on track to qualify for next year's Fiba World Cup as long as they could find some wins in the second round of qualifying against middle eastern nations.

However, Moore confirmed the Boomers may have unwittingly riled the hosts by tearing up advertising boards that players had slipped on the day before the game.

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