Basketball game ends in a wild brawl at World Cup qualifier

Headlines 03/07/2018

An ugly brawl broke out during Australia's 89-53 Basketball World Cup qualifying win over the Philippines in Bulacan.

Tensions boiled over with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, when players and officials from both sides, plus a number of fans, flooded the court at the Philippine Arena on Monday night.

The Boomers were cruising to victory with a 79-48 lead when Philippines guard Roger Pogoy suddenly lashed out at Chris Goulding with an errant elbow.

Teammate Daniel Kickert's aggressive retaliation on Pogoy then sparked an all-in brawl that included punches, elbows, kicks and objects hurled at players.

After a delay of more than 30 minutes, the match officials assessed the melee, with 13 players ejected - nine from the Philippines, plus Boomers Goulding, Kickert, Thon Maker and Nathan Sobey.

The match was restarted, despite the Philippines being left with only three players to take the court, with Fiba rules stating the game must continue, unless a team only has a single player available.

But the home side began deliberately fouling the Australians, until they were left with one player, bringing the farcical situation to an end with two minutes left in the third quarter.

The victory means that Australia finishes on top of Asian Zone Group B with five wins from six matches, although both teams had already progressed to the second stage of qualification.

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.

Check out the video of the brawl above.