The Gilas Pilipinas and Australia FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers match trended online and many were shocked to what happened.
List of Events that maybe led to the Gilas and Boomers Basketbrawl1. Australian support team removed stickers from the floor of the Philippine Arena without asking permission first to the event holder. Australian team claimed that the floor of the arena was slippery that's why they removed the stickers which were all FIBA approved.
Watch the video below as a proof (source: Manny V. Pangilinan official Twitter account):
2. During the warm-ups, Daniel Kickert of Australia was already hitting the Gilas players. These players were Carl Bryan Cruz, he hit Matthew Wright, (Roger) Pogoy, and he hit Calvin Abueva. See coach Chot Reyes official statement below:
“The reality is that Kickert was hitting our players during the warm-ups,” he bared. “He hit Carl Bryan Cruz, he hit Matthew Wright, (Roger) Pogoy, and he hit Calvin Abueva during the warm-ups. We already restrained the players before the game. We already told them, ‘Huwag niyo nang pansinin,’ when Kickert did all of those things at the start during the warm-ups. We already told them to focus on the game.”
3. Now, during the match Chris Goulding just trash talks to every Gilas players who are taking free throws. When the time RR Pogoy was sent inside the court, this young kid will not back down against Goulding and both of these men got technical fouls.
4. During the latter part of 3rd quarter wherein Australia was already blowing the game open against Gilas, RR Pogoy made an offensive foul against Goulding and he dropped on the floor, but this Kickert guy just went to Pogoy and he decked him using an armbar. And that's where the brawl started.
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