Philippines v Australia basketball

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Maker, who plays in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks, said he was "deeply disappointed" in the brawl, but that he acted to protect his teammates.

As such, the match ended at 1:57 of the third quarter in what amounted to an 89-53 win for Australia.

"We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", the statement continued.

This, of course, was just minutes after they had engaged in a fight that included them throwing chairs at opponents' head and blindside cheap-shotting players.

But the fallout from this shocking incident could have huge ramifications for both nations ahead of the next round of qualifiers with FIBA sure to hand out severe punishments.

The Australians later tweeted that everyone on their team was safe and well. The benches from both teams emptied onto the floor and Milwaukee Bucs player Thon Maker was caught in the middle.

"We had our players and team management in fear of their physical safety", Moore said.

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The incident came a day after Australia said it didn't mean to disrespect the Philippine basketball team after the removal of FIBA-approved stickers without permisssion at the Philippine Arena in Manila.

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The sight of a seven footer flying through the air in such a manner was both terrifying and comical, and he was duly ejected for his freaky act.

There's been no word yet on any further disciplinary action from FIBA, but there's a possibility that punishment such as sanctions and/or fines could be coming down.

Maker was one of four Australian players to be ejected following the fight, which saw the third quarter play out with only three Philippines players remaining in the game. At the end of this we will await for the referees' decision.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes after the game defended his players.

"It's a pretty dark day", he said.

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