Australia took on the Philippines in an International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup qualifying game Monday that ended with thirteen players being ejected after a violent, bench-clearing brawl broke out.
According to Yahoo Sports, Australia was up 79-48 on the Philippines with four minutes left in the third period when tensions reached a boiling point for Filipino guard Roger Ray Pogoy. Pogoy lowered his shoulder Rugby-style and threw an elbow at the chin of the man guarding him. The result was pure pandemonium, with every player from both teams converging into a wild scrum under the basket.
When the dust settled 13 players were ejected , including Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker. Maker, who at 7-1 towered over everyone on the floor, was an easy scapegoat as he threw wild punches and flying kicks at anyone wearing a Philippines jersey. Andray Blatche, who played nine seasons in the NBA and currently plays professionally in China, was another player with NBA ties ejected in the melee.
After a long delay, the game resumed but the Filipino side was forced to take the court with just three players. Making matters even worse, three-on-five became one-on-five when two Filipino players fouled out and the game had to be forfeited with 1:57 left in the third period. The forfeit gave Australia the 89-53 victory.