Thon Maker breaks silence on Philippine Arena brawl

Tuesday, 03 Jul, 2018

Basketball's worldwide governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

Thirteen players were ejected after the embarrassing fight, leaving the Philippines to play three on five against Australia.

This, of course, resulted in both benches clearing with Australian forward Thon Maker, of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, sprinting onto the court and attempting a flying knee.

The game was called off after the remaining Philippines players fouled themselves out, with Australia declared the victor 89-53.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Anthony Moore said the team would depart the Philippines on Tuesday morning instead of later in the day as planned.

There is no timeframe to the investigation being conducted by FIBA and Basketball Australia but those players and officials involved are facing serious sanctions.

During a closed-door practice on Sunday, the Australian team took liberty in peeling off FIBA-approved decals on the floor over "safety concerns" for its players.

"We didn't want what happened to happen", Panlilio said, via ESPN.

FIBA has already opened disciplinary proceedings against both teams.

Moldovan tweeted, following the brawl which left the Philippines without enough players to continue.

Thon Maker has released a statement taking responsibility for his role in the brawl and expressing his deep disappointment in the entire fiasco.

"It was alarming when you see a congregation of players at the end of the court and you say 'is one of our players really under there?'"

Gilas lost by default, 53-89, as Fajardo and Norwood intentionally fouled themselves out of the game.

Moore also said that the Boomers would need assurances from FIBA and others before returning to play in the Philippines following the incident.

The game continued with Gilas playing 3-on-5. "Let's respect also the decision that will come out from the referees".