All Hell Breaks Loose During Australia Vs Philippines Basketball Game

The Gilas Pilipinas national team huddle up after their practice at the Philippine Arena. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

Former NBA player Andray Blatche, now playing for the Philippines, appeared to throw multiple punches, while Maker came at a Philippines player with legs flying high as it continued.

Footage of the melee even showed a chair being thrown in the area behind the baseline.

The game eventually resumed in farcical fashion with Philippines fielding three players against Australia's five.

At one point, Boomer Thon Maker tried to high-kick a Philippines player, while Nathan Sobey was on the wrong end of a chair.

Australian journalist Alex Hart tweeted: "What a disgrace".

A Filipino announcer at the stadium made an appeal for calm while the referees - who were flanked by police - conducted a lengthy video review of the brawl.

"The fact that there were officials involved and the fierceness of the whole thing just shocked me".

The incident took place some minutes after players from both sides confronted each other after Gilas players crossed over into the Australian side during warmups.

Moore said the visitors kept their players and coaches courtside after the game and sought help from the Australian embassy to get the team safely out to their bus and their hotel.

Thirteen players were ejected - four from Australia, including Maker, and nine from the Philippines.

Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore issued a statement in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"We didn't want what happened to happen", Panlilio said, via ESPN.

"We absolutely refute that".

The brawl was sparked when Ron Artest fouled Detroit's Ben Wallace, with Artest suspended for the remainder of the season, a sanction that saw him sit out 73 games and cost him about $US7m in lost wages.

"Kickert was hitting our players during the warm-up", he said. Blatche and Pogoy, Terrence Romeo Carl Bryan Cruz, Jayson William, Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright. But at the same time we're saying that we emphatize that they have to act as a team which will not justify their conduct.

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