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“Pack of dogs” Commentator slams basketball attack

An ugly brawl has put a back spin on Australia’s 89-53 FIBA World Cup qualifying win over the Philippines in Bulacan.

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

Vision from Fox Sports

The Boomers were on their way to a win 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 over 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.

Matt Russell called the game for Fox Sports and told Macquarie Sports Radio that both teams were to blame, “While the Australian’s weren’t guilt free, the reason it reached the level it did was because of this almost pack mentality from the Philippines who looked like a group of dogs feeding on a carcass on the ground.”