At the FIBA World qualifiers, Australia and the Philippines were playing for a spot at the FIBA World Championship. This is just qualifiers so most teams aren’t sending their A-Teams. Joe Ingles, Dante Exum, Ben Simmons, and Patty Mills were not in attendance. THANK GOD THEY WEREN’T because the basketball match went full Palace Brawl with players throwing chairs, bystanders throwing punches at players, and Thon Maker throwing knees.
Cannot believe what I just seen! Australia and Philippines fighting in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. Never seen anything like this in Basketball. Aussie players assaulted. #FIBAWorldCup #Boomers pic.twitter.com/EeJDjahFWN— Joshua James (@ardemj) July 2, 2018
This fight has literally everything.
People throwing chairs.
Fans throwing punches.
gilas (philippines) vs. australia >.< pic.twitter.com/38BWoHDiFP— twice is waiting for us [s/h] (@ddubbudahyun) July 2, 2018
Thon Maker throwing kneemakers.
ON BRAND Australian commentary.
Catching up on this Australia-Philippines fight while writing some Sixers stuff. The Australian announcer saying one of the players, "should be fined for such a weak punch" is the most on-brand Aussie thing ever— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) July 2, 2018
What did Utah’s resident Australian trash talking and skirmish expert have to say about the festivities? Nothing yet. You better believe we’re on pins and needles waiting for Joe Ingles take on his national team’s craziness. As far as other Australian team members go who were not at the game.
MAN WTF!!! Disgusting— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) July 2, 2018
CALL THE GAME!— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) July 2, 2018
Down to 2 v 5— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) July 2, 2018
Here’s some good old fashioned Utah Jazz commentary.