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Australia-Philippines brawl at basketball game leads to 13 ejections

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An international basketball game between Australia and the Philippines devolved into an all-out brawl Monday.

Thirteen players were ejected from Monday’s FIBA World Cup qualifying game after the teams exchanged punches under one of the baskets midway through the third quarter. The Philippines was ultimately left with just three eligible players and had to forfeit later in the quarter when two of its remaining players fouled out, according to a report from ESPN5 in the Philippines. Australia won the game, 89-53.

ESPN5 reported that the fight at Philippine Arena started with a collision under Australia’s basket. Video footage of the incident shows an Australian player then elbowing a Filipino guard in the head, which incited the brawl.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker, playing for Australia, attempted to defend his teammates during the fight. But Terrence Bill Romeo of the Philippines punched Maker in the back of the head, so Maker kicked at Romeo.

Maker and former NBA player Andray Blatche were among the 13 who were ejected.

The fight eventually spilled off the court, with multiple players swinging fists, shoving and kicking. At one point, someone appeared to throw a red chair at an Australian player.

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“Following the incident that occured in the third quarter of the Philippines-Australia game on Monday in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers, FIBA will now open disciplinary proceedings against both teams,” FIBA said in a statement. “The decision(s) will be communicated in the coming days.”

Representatives from the governing bodies of the Australian and Filipino teams did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

Contributing: Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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