SAD NIGHT CONCLUDES BOOMERS FIBA WC QUALIFIERS FIRST ROUND

SAD NIGHT CONCLUDES BOOMERS FIBA WC QUALIFIERS FIRST ROUND

Distressing scenes have marred the Australian Boomers' final game of the first round of FIBA World Cup qualifiers with their game against the Philippines ended prematurely due to a brawl.

Tensions flared in the third quarter and in the aftermath of the brawl, 13 players in total were ejected.

That left the Philippines with just three on court and while the game continued momentarily, intentional fouls from the remaining Filipino players eventually ended the game before three-quarter time in a sad finish to a game that promised so much.

Find the box score here.

“Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight’s match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila," said Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore.

"We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it. This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball.

"We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down.”

The Australian Boomers Schedule in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers First Round:

November 24: Chinese Taipei 66 def. by Australian Boomers 104
November 27: Australian Boomers 82 def. Japan 58
February 22: Australian Boomers 84 def. Philippines 68
February 25: Australian Boomers 88 def. Chinese Taipei 68
June 29: Japan 79 def. Australian Boomers 78
July 2: Philippines 53 def. by Australian Boomers 89

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