Thon Maker Involved In Insane Basketball Brawl During FIBA Qualifying Match

The Gilas Pilipinas national team huddle up after their practice at the Philippine Arena. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

The Gilas Pilipinas national team huddle up after their practice at the Philippine Arena. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

A photo captured by SPIN showed Aussie Boomer Nathan Sobey copping a punch to the face by a non-player.

The match got off to a competitive start with the two teams trying to establish early control.

NBA star Thon Maker and Syracuse native Andray Blatche were involved in a huge brawl at an global basketball game.

Australia grabbed the top spot in Group B with a 5-1 win-loss card, while the Philippines dropped to 4-2 in the standings.

It was a distance that the Boomers would use as a springboard to hold sway, 52-37, by the halftime break.

The fight broke out in the third quarter of the game at the 55,000-capacity Philippine Arena. For the Philippines players to engage in a fight like this - much less act like heroes in the aftermath - is shocking.

When the decision was handed down, four Australians were ejected - Messrs.

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According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, 13 players were ejected from the game. Blatche, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Carl Bryan Cruz, Calvin Abueva, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright were the nine players disqualified from the Philippines team.

The game was stopped with two minutes left in the 3rd quarter with Fajardo and Norwood fouling out as FIBA rules state that at least two players should be inside the court for play to continue.

Ugly scenes in Manila as the Boomers and Philippines brawl in a World Cup qualifier.

Other social media users likened Maker's fighting style to the combat video game "Tekken", with one person claiming the power forward had "gone full kung-fu". Both benches quickly emptied, including team officials, with the melee spilling off the court behind one of the baskets.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio addressed the crowd after the brawl subsided.

But if their side is routed by suspensions it will make things hard for one of the world's fastest growing basketball populations, in short this game could cost them a world cup place and basketball will be poorer for it.

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