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Pandemonium as Gilas, Aussies fight at Philippine Arena

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2018 02:00 AM | Updated as of Jul 03 2018 02:36 AM

The road to the 2019 FIBA World Cup just got a tad too bumpy as the qualifying game between the Philippines and Australia descended into a bench-clearing brawl at the Philippine Arena on Monday.

With Australia in control, 79-48, bedlam ensued with 4:01 left in the third quarter that saw punches, kicks, and shoves exchanged from both sides.

The fight appeared to have started when Australia’s Daniel Kickert clipped Roger Pogoy with a blindside hit, after both players had already been at each other’s throats for a majority of the game.

What followed was a bench-clearing brawl with both sides trading blows and at one point reaching the spectators area.

Calmer heads eventually prevailed with Australia winning by default, 89-53. The news broke all over the Internet with supporters and pundits from both sides defending and castigating one another.

Fans cheer for the guest team moments before the qualifying game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia for the 2019 FIBA World Cup at Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Coach Chot Reyes and his staff during the singing of the Philippine national anthem prior to Gilas Pilipinas game against Australia. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Filipino fans cheer moments before the qualifying game between the Philippines and Australia for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Terrence Romeo is guarded by Nathan Sobey of Australia during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Jayson Castro dives as he loses possession to Australian Kevin Lisch during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Matthew Dellavedova of Australia attempts a shot during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Terrence Romeo is guarded by Australia's Matthew Dellavedova during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Matthew Dellavedova of Australia drives to the basket during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

June Mar Fajardo (right) plays defense during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Jayson Castro and Matthew Dellavedova of Australia fight for the loose ball during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Roger Pogoy (16) and Chris Goulding (4) of Australia get physical during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Daniel Kickert of Australia hits Roger Pogoy during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The game descends into a brawl, as players from Gilas Pilipinas and Australia exchange punches during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game at Philippine Arena. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Jayson Castro (left) punches Australia's Daniel Kickert during a melee that disrupted their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game at Philippine Arena on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Gilas Pilipinas and Australia players engage in a brawl during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Gilas Pilipinas and Australia players engage in a brawl during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A bench-clearing brawl ensues between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia players during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game at Philippine Arena on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A spectator wrestles an Australian player to the ground during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game at Philippine Arena on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Security personnel guard a section of the Philippine Arena as Filipino fans at the bleachers raise their smartphones after the brawl that disrupted the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Calvin Abueva is treated with ice on his leg after the brawl during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game against Australia at Philippine Arena on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Roger Pogoy munches ice after after the brawl during their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game against Australia. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Australia players huddle after the brawl that disrupted their 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game against Gilas Pilipinas. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Gilas Pilipinas players pose for a selfie during a 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game marred by a bench-clearing brawl at Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News