Basketball Australia Chief Denies "Extraordinary" Claim Of Pre-Game Violence

The fight started when Australia was leading with a 79-48 score before things turned physical with Philippines guard Roger Ray Pogoy sending Australia's Chris Goulding to the ground with an elbow.

Australia met the Philippines for a matchup in Group B of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, but the game didn't go as planned.

Moore issued a statement following the match to apologise for the Boomers' involvement in the violent incident, saying BA were "extremely disappointed" with what happened.

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Only three Filipinos were spared - San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo, Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, and Meralco's Baser Amer.

Referees ejected nine Philippines players: Terrence Romeo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Andray Blatche, Tory Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright and Pogoy.

Per Fox Sports Australia, near the end of the third period, Australia's Chris Goulding was hit on the face.

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While the home team's bench cleared, Australia's bench players were restrained from doing likewise, which Moore said was to avoid automatic ejections.

Despite Gilas and Australian players coming to their defense for their respective sides, Roque also clarified that the incident was "regretful and should not have happened".

"You can't expect to do that to a team for five times and not expect (them) to retaliate".

"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.

Following the game, both teams did not hold a postgame press conference as deemed necessary by FIBA.

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

"Class", NBA veteran Andrew Bogut, who has played previously for the Australian national team, wrote while re-tweeting a news account of the Filipino selfie.

Maker, who was playing for Australia, can be seen in footage of the fight launching himself in the air at members of the other team.

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