Basketball Australia is not ruling out the filing of criminal charges against members of Gilas Pilipinas who were involved in a brawl with the Boomers during the second meeting of the two teams in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Monday night at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue Bulacan.
A total of thirteen players, 4 from the visitors and 9 from the home team were thrown out of the game which was eventually won by Australia by default, 79-48.
The melee erupted during the 4:01 mark of the 3rd quarter after Daniel Kickert gave Roger Pogoy a vicious elbow to the head. All hell then broke loose with Jayson Castro and Andray Blatche landing the first of many punches aimed at Kickert.
The Boomers were later on escorted out of the arena and into the bus on their way to the hotel by representatives of the Australian embassy.
BA chief executive Anthony Moore admitted during a press conference in Australia that the players were bruised, battered and shaken at most but not seriously hurt. He added that his organization will fully cooperate with the International Basketball Federation’s investigation into the incident which has caused tremendous damage on the sporting image of the two countries.
“We are waiting for FIBA for their findings and sanctions. That is certainly the issue that we will be addressing with them. I can’t speculate on what the sanctions will be because we’re actually in new territory in this regard. We want to work with FIBA on the tribunal and get that outcome and we’ll assess our outcomes from there,” said Moore.
“We have briefed our lawyers on that, as you would expect us to do.”