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FIBA: Guiao blames Kickert for starting Gilas-Boomers brawl

MANILA, Philippines --- Former national team head coach Yeng Guiao is not convinced that the unfortunate Gilas-Boomers brawl is entirely the fault of the Pinoys. The Australians had a hand in it too, and they should apologize as well, particularly Daniel Kickert. Guiao believes Kickert triggered the whole thing, which is what Gilas head coach Chot Reyes is saying. "What the Gilas players did was, to me, a natural human instinct in that situation. So, actually ako, I think it’s the Australians who need to apologize, not the Gilas team because it’s Kickert’s action that started the whole thing," Guiao said Wednesday after a PBA game featuring his NLEX team and Magnolia. "I do not believe in Luc Longley saying it’s Chot Reyes. Wala namang ginawa si Chot eh. Yung sinabi niya, well. .. That’s again, maybe, that’s debatable. But what Kickert did was the trigger of everything," he added. Kickert hit RR Pogoy with an elbow to the face after Pogoy shoved Chris Goulding to the floor following an offensive foul. But Guiao says Kickert never should have reacted in the first place and the Boomers are just looking for someone to blame after the fracas. "Yung nangyari kay Pogoy, yung banggaan nila ni Goulding, basketball play pa iyon eh. that was still a basketball play and the refs blew their whistle," Guiao said.  "So I think the Australians are just looking for somebody to blame when the ang dapat iblame ang the Australians, who I think are looking for trouble when they came here. The tone was set the day before when they were ripping the decals without any permission. If I coached the national team I would never do that coming into any venue and you have to respect the property of other people whatever they say kahit ano pa man yung dahilan," he added. In the end, Guiao is firm in his belief that Kickert pretty much started the brawl. And Guiao can't figure out why Kickert has never apologized for his own actions in the incident. "Kickert I think started it all, and he didn't even apologize. All he said was it's regrettable. And all he said was it's unfortunate. But he almost killed somebody and he did not apologize," Guiao said. "So sa akin pag hindi ka nagalit dun, hindi ka normal. Some people are taking the high ground but ako nagpapakatotoo lang ako. I dont think it's Chot Reyes's fault, it's Kickert's fault. He started it. And the bad thing about ths is our Gilas players are profusely apologizing for what happened, the guy who started it never apologized," he added. In the end though, Guiao acknowledges that the player's actions were wrong. However, he can understand the way they reacted. It was human nature and it was a lose-lose situation for our players. Watch their teammate get bullied and they'll hear something negative. Stand up and defend their teammate and well. they'll hearing negative things now. "To me, what is more embarrassing, if Kickert did that in front of our countrymen with us hosting, and he did not suffer any consequences after doing that..To me, sa akin yun ang nakakahiya.. na nandito ka sa Pilipinas, binagsakan ka ng siko ng napalaking tao. Kung yun ay naging kapatid mo, naging tatay mo, naging anak mo, kahit nga yung aso ko ginanun nya, makakatikim sa akin yun eh. So, it’s really to be, para magpakatotoo ka. Natural reaction talaga yun. Sabi ko nga, kung hindi nag-react ng ganun baka mas nakakahiya pa. Bakit mo pinabayaan yung kakampi nyo?" Guiao said. "I will not justify that. Mali talaga yun. I agree na mali talaga yun. Siguro nung burst of emotion, after that dapat naawat na, dapat naano na. Yun hindi ko majujustify yun. But in that instant, that split second when there's a burst of emotion, galit na ganun reaction mo, kung tao ka, flesh and blood ka and nakita mo yun, magre-react ka talaga. Kaya nga to me it's just being human," Guiao added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 5th, 2018

Guiao rips Kickert, Aussies: He almost killed somebody and didn t apologize

Former Philippine national team coach Yeng Guiao slammed Daniel Kickert and the rest of the Australian team for triggering the brawl with Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers at Philipp.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

FIBA: Chot takes responsibility for ugly Gilas-Boomers brawl

MANILA, Philippines --- There's a saying that when teams win, it's on the players. When teams lose, it's on the coach. And after Gilas Pilipinas figured in an ugly brawl against Australia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the incident is definitely on head coach Chot Reyes. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl] Reyes knows. "As a head coach ultimately, I take accountability and responsibility," Reyes said on SportsCenter Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the free for all at the Philippine Arena. Reyes also addressed the video that surfaced that showed him supposedly giving instructions to take down the Australian players by force. Chot denied such claims and downplayed the whole thing, saying the words were taken out of context. [Related: FIBA: Gilas boys starting to issue apologies for infamous brawl against Boomers] "Anyone who understands basketball, if you take offense with that statement, you don't know basketball," Reyes said. "That's number one. But number two, take a look at the statement, they're beating us on transition so foul early, don't give a layup, foul early, hit somebody, put him down so that the referees will call a foul. It's basketball, for me I'm not even bothered by all the bashers and all the negative feedback I'm getting on that. Every coach that you ask will tell you that's basketball," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

FIBA: Goulding s racist tweet is fake

MANILA, Philippines --- There's more to the Gilas-Boomers brawl for sure. However, fake news have no place in the coverage of this story. In the aftermath of the unfortunate incident Monday, a Twitter screenshot from Australia's Chris Goulding started floating around online. Goulding allegedly said, "Philippino Monkeys!!! Trash team. Trash crowd. Trash Federation. Trash country." Goulding of course, was the one RR Pogoy knocked down to the floor with the shove. Almost immediately after that, Australia's Daniel Kickert knocked down Pogoy. And then the brawl went out of hand. The "deleted tweet" obviously got the ire of Pinoys but in a report by Reuben Terrado of Spin, Basketball Australia has denied the validity of the tweet. It's fake. "I can categorically state that tweet is not real and is 100 percent photoshopped," Basketball Australia media manager Grant Richardson said in an email via Spin. The Boomers declined media interviews Monday night after the game and the team reportedly left the country Tuesday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Wright after brawl: 'We just stood up for our guys'

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas remains unapologetic over the brawl that transpired between the Philippines and Australia Monday in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Unapologetic Romeo will defend Gilas to the very bitter end] Matthew Wright, the only player who talked to the media in the immediate aftermath of the unfortunate incident, says that the national team was just standing up for one another. If a similar thing were to happen again, Gilas Pilipinas would pretty much react the same way he added. "Yeah, I mean, it’s unfortunate that we lost today but if it ever happens again to us," Wright said. "We would probably do the same thing because cause we have each other’s backs. We’re brotherhood. It’s more than basketball," he added. Wright was one of the players that was allegedly targeted by Australia's Daniel Kickert during warm ups. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Chot stands his ground with Gilas, basically names Kickert as trigger] The shooting guard was also one of the nine Gilas players to be ejected from the game after the brawl ended. While it's important to be gracious hosts, Wright says that the Boomers just pushed them to the very limit and their patience ran out. "We just stood up for our guys. It happened before the game even started. So, you know everyone knows we’re a gracious hosts but if you pushes to a limit, there’s only so much we can do," he said. "I'm just happy everyone stood up for each other and we had each other’s backs," Wright added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

FIBA WC Qualifiers: Palace chimes in on Gilas-Boomers brouhaha: 'Height of being unsportsmanlike'

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque called yesterday's free-for-all at the Philippine Arena between Gilas Pilipinas and the Australian national team as "the height of being unsportsmanlike", as the two teams figured in a brawl that led to 13 ejections. In this morning's daily briefing at Malacañan Palace, Roque said that the Palace understands the feelings of our cagers, however the ends did not justify the means, and the previous incidents that had led to the violent confrontation should not have been a reason to warrant the melee.  Despite Gilas and Australian players coming to their defense for their respective sides, Roque also clarified that the incident was 'regretful and should not have happened'. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Chot stands his ground with Gilas, basically names Kickert as trigger] "It should never have happened, that’s why it’s called sports. But at the same time we’re saying that we emphatize that they have to act as a team which will not justify their conduct. I think we would have to say it was a truly regretful incident." "And in the 52 years that I’ve spent in this existence, that’s the worst I’ve seen at least in the Philippines. We see that in other countries, but really not in the Philippines." Roque added that the game should have been stopped then and there when Daniel Kickert elbowed Roger Pogoy, in retaliation for the offensive foul on Chris Goulding, however, as seen in the replay, referees had already called the unsportsmanlike foul before all hell broke loose. The spokesperson also lamented that better officiating could have quelled tensions leading up to the fight.  Regarding the penalties to be handed out by FIBA, the world's governing body for basketball, the Palace hopes that as the true sportsmen the Philippines' players are, they should honor the decision gracefully.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- After an ugly free for all, Gilas Pilipinas was left with only three players to go up against the talented Australians at the Philippine Arena here. With four minutes to go in the third period, a brawl broke out between the Philippines and Australia. After the commotion settled and reviews were done, four players from the Boomers were ejected. Thon Maker, Nathan Sobey, Daniel Kickert, and Chris Goulding were thrown out on the part of Australia. For Gilas, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Terrence, Romeo, Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz were ejected for disqualifying fouls, leaving Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, and Baser Amer to fend of themselves. The game naturally ended with an Australia win by default after Norwood and Fajardo fouled out. Final score was 89-53, leaving 1:57 on the clock in the third period. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl] As it stands, Australia took over first place in Group B and will head to the second round of the Asian Qualifiers with a 5-1 record followed by Gilas Pilipinas (4-2) and Japan (2-4). In terms of the game before the brawl, Gilas kept it competitive after the opening 10 minutes but a 9-0 run by Australia in the second quarter opened things up. As the Boomers took a double-digit lead, the Philippines never recovered and the Australians cruising for a victory that could have been a fitting bounce back a suffering a shock upset at the hands of Japan last week. After nearly everything went right for Gilas in a dominant road win over Taipei, nearly everything went wrong for the Philippines in its home stand. Everything went wrong actually and the Philippines could be facing trouble with FIBA over the incident.   The Scores:   AUSTRALIA 89 — Goulding 20, Kickert 12, Dellavedova 9, Brandt 8, Maker 8, Kay 7, Lisch 7, Sobey 7, Gliddon 6, Drmic 5, Cadee 0, McCarron 0. PHILIPPINES 53 — Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Castro 8, Aguilar 6, Romeo 6, Norwood 4, Pogoy 4, Amer 3, Abueva 0, Rosario 0, Wright 0.   Quarters: 23-18, 52-37, 89-53.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Chot stands his ground with Gilas, basically names Kickert as trigger

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- There's obviously more to the story of Gilas Pilipinas' ugly brawl against Australia Monday at the Philippine Arena here. But in the immediate aftermath of the free for all, the Philippine national team is standing its ground, basically saying that all they did was protect themselves. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl] In a quick interview with a handful of media after the game, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes says that they actually tried to restrain their players. But after continued extra activities from the Boomers, particularly forward Daniel Kickert, things just got out of control real quick. Coach Chot mentioned an incident even before the game started as both teams apparently got into it during warm ups. "I don't know if he was trying to get into our minds, if he was trying to start something," Reyes said of Kickert. "I have no... whatever his motive is, there was no excuse for him doing what he did during the warm- up. Nakakita na ba kayo na tinira yung kalaban sa warm-up? Sa lay-up line? Hindi pa naguumpisa tinira na tayo. What do you expect us to do?" he added. With the incident pre-game, Reyes said that they told their players to brush it off and focus on the game. Regardless of the Pinoy's apparent focus, the Boomers started to break the game wide open in the second half.  [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game] And at the four-minute mark of the third period, things went south. After a physical sequence, RR Pogoy shoved Australia's Chris Goulding to the floor. That prompted Kickert to hit Pogoy, knocking him to the floor as well. Almost immediately, Jayson Castro and Andray Blatche went after Kickert and the Gilas bench followed soon after. In the end, a totoal of 13 players were ejected, nine from Gilas. The Philippines ended up losing by default. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Boomers regret ugly brawl with Gilas Pilipinas] Facing possible sanctions from FIBA, Reyes is ready to accept but he maintains Kickert had a huge role in all of it. "I don't know. It's up to FIBA in the end. We need to face those consequences, it is what it is. One thing I know about this team is that we're not gonna back down. We already restrained the players before the game. We told them wag na pansinin," Reyes said. "Then Kickert did all of those things at the start, sa warm-up line. We told them wag na pansinin, focus on the game. But you know, when he did that in th third quarter it was hard to restrain them anymore," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

PBA: Nash says Castro asked for extra rest after infamous Gilas-Boomers brawl

Jayson Castro was DNP-rest Saturday for TNT against Rain or Shine. Head coach Nash Racela says his star point guard asked for a day off to help recover from the now infamous Gilas-Boomers brawl earlier this week in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "Well, he needed time to recover. He talked to me before the game, he was asking for some rest," Racela said. "We were able to give it to Roger [Pogoy] in a way by lessening his minutes but just give him time to recover. Hopefully, he'll be ready for next round," he added. Castro for his part, says it was perfect timing to rest and recover considering the TNT-ROS game was pretty much no bearing. The Elasto Painters were no. 1 anyway and the KaTropa were set to a best-of-3 series in the quarterfinals. "Kinausap ko lang din si coach. Ready to play ako pero since nakita ko yung situation na kaya naman and at the same time the way Rain or Shine played parang relaxed sila," Castro said. "So might as well magrest na lang ako para makapagpahinga for the playoffs," he added. After barely making the Philippine Cup playoffs, Castro likewise mentioned that there's a collective sigh of relief for TNT now after locking up the no. 3 seed. "Nananalangin pa kami na manalo yung mga ibang teams. Parang twice-to-beat yung kalaban namin. This time number three kami, which is yun naman yung gusto namin, nasa Top 4 kami," he said. "Kung sinong makalaban namin okay lang naman, parehong top team naman sa PBA yun eh. At least best-of-three, may chance kaming makabawi just in case maunahan," Castro added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Jayson Castro asks for time to ‘recover,’ skips TNT’s final elims game

Jayson Castro missed TNT's final elimination round game in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup against Rain or Shine to rest, as per his head coach Nash Racela. According to Racela, Castro had to take a time off to "recover" from the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers last Monday. "He needed time to recover. Jayson talked to me before the game. He was asking for some rest," Racela told reporters on Saturday after the game. READ:Gilas players say sorry for failing to keep emotions in check leading to brawl Castro played a significant role in the free-for-all as he was seen punching Aussie big man Daniel Kickert in the face. The veteran point gua...Keep on reading: Jayson Castro asks for time to ‘recover,’ skips TNT’s final elims game.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

FIBA: Gilas expecting the worst after ugly brawl with Boomers

Gilas Pilipinas is facing a number of possible sanctions from FIBA after the unfortunate brawl against Australia last July 2 at the Philippine Arena. The most dire of them all of course, is the suspension of the entire Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas from FIBA competitions for a time period. While that's certainly on the table, SBP President Al Panlilio is hoping that it never comes to that. "Well I hope not. As I said, I hope this is an isolated case, and we suffered the consequence for this particular incident," Panlilio said in a press conference Thursday at the PBA Office in Libis. "I hope the federation isn't impacted by the incident. We worked very hard as a federation with FIBA all these years since SBP was founded. We had good working relations with FIBA. Sana hindi, sana hindi," he added. While Panlilio is hopeful that a solid foundation with FIBA ultimately benefits SBP, the federation is still preparing for the worst. Regardless, Gilas Pilipinas will accept whatever punishment it may be from FIBA. "If you look at it, you always prepare for the worst as they say," Panlilio said. "We're hoping that our position can be heard and hopefully the sanctions are not very heavy [but] expect the worst that there will be sanctions," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

FIBA: LOOK: Joint statement of SBP and Basketball Australia after Gilas-Boomers brawl

MANILA, Philippines --- In a joint statement, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia are continuing to apologize for the unfortunate brawl between Gilas and the Boomers on July 2 at the Philippine Arena. The brawl left 13 players ejected and has dominated the news all week. "We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide - and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia - for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute," the statement, undersigned by SBP President Al Panlilio and BA President Ned Coten, read. "We fully accep our responsibility and are collaborating in the ongoing proceedings to investigate the incidents," the statement added. While both basketball federations are doing their own investigations, FIBA is yet to come out with a final ruling. Read the full statement below. JOINT STATEMENT OF SBP & BA pic.twitter.com/VWVYe50aIz — SBP (@officialSBPinc) July 5, 2018     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

‘We were wronged!’ and other things politicos said about ‘basketbrawl’

The noise from the free-for-all between the Gilas Pilipinas and Australia Boomers has yet to die down. And as the basketball-loving nation braces for the coming disciplinary proceedings under FIBA, the Philippines' leaders are also starting to speak out......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Australia’s Kickert: I overstepped

Embattled Aussie player Daniel Kickert — who many Filipinos see as the instigator of the brawl that marred Gilas Pilipinas’ FIBA World Cup Asia qualifying game against Australia on Monday night — finally broke his silence......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Gilas assistant Uichico regrets actions in Gilas brawl

Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach Jong Uichico lamented his involvement in the ruckus with the Australian national team in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers at Philippine Arenaon Mondaynight. The ugly fight erupted at the4:01mark of the third quarter as both benches cleared following a dustup involving Gilas' Roger Pogoy and Australia's Daniel Kickert. READ:SBP apologizes for Gilas-Australia brawl A total of 13 players from both teams were thrown out upon thorough review of the incident that also saw Uichico among the Gilas mob ganging up on a seemingly defenseless Chris Goulding of Australia, who was flat on his back while being pummeled. "Tonight, my emotions got the better o...Keep on reading: Gilas assistant Uichico regrets actions in Gilas brawl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

SBP apologizes for FIBA brawl incident

MANILA, Philippines – Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) released its own statement apologizing for the bench-clearing brawl  that happened between Gilas Pilipinas and the Australia Boomers in the Philippine Arena Monday night, June 2.  "The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas apologizes to Filipino basketball fans and to the basketball community for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Reyes says Australia s Kickert triggered the brawl after hit on Pogoy

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes blamed Australia's Daniel Kickert for instigating the ugly fight in the third quarter of their Fiba World Cup Qualifier on Monday night.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas could learn a thing or two from Boomers bench

MANILA, Philippines --- Regardless of who started it, the Philippines might learn a thing or two from Australia in terns of reacting to a very tense and violent situation. In the midst of the unfortunate brawl Monday at the Philippine Arena during the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers between Gilas and the Boomers, the Pinoy's bench was cleared as they tried to go after the visitors. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl] It was a natural reaction from Gilas as they tried to defend one another from the towering Australians. It was natural, but obviously not the right thing. In the middle of it all, while five of their teammates were pratically being mugged, the Australian bench stood their ground and never left their area. The Boomers stayed where they are. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Boomers regret ugly brawl with Gilas Pilipinas] In this video below courtesy of S+A's Martin Javier, Australia showed incredible restraint and composure. The brawl that transpired tonight. Props to Gabe, Baser, JuneMar, and eight Boomers for keeping their composure and not getting involved.. took a lot of willpower, yes, but showed that it could be done. pic.twitter.com/EYvTESrXim — Martin Javier (@martindjavier) July 2, 2018 Regardless of who started it, things should be kept under control The Boomers obviously took the lesser punishment and only had four players ejected. Gilas lost nine players and ended up losing by default. June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, and Baser Amer stayed for Gilas and continued playing. Fajardo and Norwood fouled out, leaving Amer to fend for himself. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game] That's when the game ended, mercifully. FIBA is set to hand out its final decision in the coming days regarding the matter but the very basic lesson here is there's always a way to settle disputes without engaging in violence. We should know better by now.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Palace: Gilas-Australia fracas unfortunate

Malacañang described as "unfortunate" the brawl involving Gilas Pilipinas and the Australia Boomers during their FIBA World Cup Asian qualifying game Monday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Terrence Romeo calls out Gilas critics in free-for-all

  MANILA, Philippines – Gilas player Terrence Romeo took to Twitter to defend his side in the bench-clearing brawl that marred the FIBA World Cup qualifying match between the Australia Boomers and host Gilas Pilipinas at  the Philippine Arena, Monday, July 2. ( LOOK: Bench-clearing brawl mars Gilas-Australia game )  {source} Dun sa mga ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Unapologetic Romeo will defend Gilas to the very bitter end

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- Terrence Romeo was defiant and unaplogetic after Gilas Pilipinas figured in an ugly brawl against Austrlia Monday at the Philippine Arena here for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. With four minutes to go in the third period and the Boomers up by 31, an incident involving RR Pogoy and Chris Goulding sparked an ugly free for fall. Gilas' benched was cleared as Pinoys started to go after the visiting Australians. When the dust settled, a total of 13 players were ejected, four on the part of the Boomers and nine from the Philippines. The game ended via default in favor of the Australians. Both teams declined to give statements and FIBA will review the situation for possible penalties but as Gilas was stuck in its locker, star guard Terrence Romeo sent a tweet out, saying that the Gilas boys were ready to defend one another. Romeo also had none of the people calling them an embarrassment. "Dun sa mga kapwa namin players na nag sasabing embarrassing kami wala kaming paki alam sa inyo," the fiery Romeo said. "Kami magka-teammate sa loob kailangan namin mag-tulungan," he added. Here's the full set of tweets. FIBA should have an official response in the coming days regarding the incident.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018