Australia wins by default over Gilas Pilipinas after bench-clearing incident

ByAllan Lim


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Australia won by default over Gilas Pilipinas after a bench-clearing incident in the 3rd quarter left the Philippine team with only three available players.

With the Boomers up by a comfortable 31-point margin, 79-48 with a little over 4 minutes left in the 3rd period, a mid-air collision between Roger Pogoy and Chris Goulding left the high-scoring Australian guard sprawled on the floor. Teammate Daniel Kickert then charged towards Pogoy and gave the Gilas wingman a hard elbow to the head.

This triggered a free-for-all with majority of the Gilas players joining the fray.

The game officials took a considerable amount of time to review the incident which resulted in 13 ejections, 4 from the visitors and 9 from the home team.

The Boomers lost Kickert and Goulding as well as Nathan Sobey and NBA player Thon Maker. Gone for Gilas were Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, Andray Blatche, Japeth Aguilar, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, Calvin Abueva, Carl Bryan Cruz and Matthew Wright.

The game continued with June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood and Baser Amer still standing for the Philippine side but was immediately called off after Fajardo and Norwood deliberately fouled out leaving Australia to settle for the 89-53 win by default.

The Aussies improved to 5-1 in Group B while the Philippines fell to 4-2. The two teams will be joined by Japan in the 2nd round of the 2019 FIBA Asian Qualifiers which is scheduled for September this year.

The scores:

Australia 89 — Goulding 20, Kickert 12, Dellavedova 9, Brandt 8, Maker 8, Kay 7, Lisch 7, Sobey 7, Gliddon 6, Drmic 5, Cadee 0, McCarron 0.

Philippines 53 — Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Castro 8, Aguilar 6, Romeo 6, Norwood 4, Pogoy 4, Amer 3, Abueva 0, Rosario 0, Wright 0.

Quarterscores: 23-18, 52-37, 89-53.

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