The basketball brawl of the decade just went down in an Australia-versus-Philippines FIBA World Cup Qualifier. It started with an elbow to the face of Australia's Chris Goulding. Then came another elbow in retaliation, then a flying punch—and then all hell broke loose.
Absolute scenes. Basketball fight. pic.twitter.com/ny9mBig1o9— Jay Clark (@ClarkyHeraldSun) July 2, 2018
Disgusting pic.twitter.com/uNBBjaTECu— afa (@afa_brain) July 2, 2018
The Philippines' bench cleared. Nine players from the squad were ejected following the fight, so they had to play three on five.
3 on 5! pic.twitter.com/ya22ppuabQ— Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) July 2, 2018
Caught up in the middle of it: the Milwaukee Bucks' and Australia's Thon Maker (No. 7 in yellow), who jumped into the center of the ruckus and at one point attempted a drop-knee.
Former Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets power forward Andray Blatche landed a massive punch.
One player even got hit with a chair. A chair!
The crowd started throwing bottles at the Australian players, leading the organizers to plead with the fans to calm down.
"We will wait for the referees on their decision... We will continue the game." -- Panlilio— Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) July 2, 2018
Once two Philippines players fouled out, the game was down to five-on-one—so the refs called it, sealing the Aussies' massive win.
Game is over with 1:57 left in Q3. FINAL SCORE:— Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) July 2, 2018
AUSTRALIA 89, GILAS 53
This just happened. After one of the wildest on-court brawls in recent memory, the Philippines team pauses to pose for a selfie, like there’s something to celebrate pic.twitter.com/fTXAaBA5lp— Mitchell Scott (@WhippingBoySEN) July 2, 2018
Both teams had already advanced to the next round of qualifying. We'll see if FIBA enacts any punitive measures.