Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker in brawl during FIBA qualifying game

The Philippine Arena court. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

The Philippine Arena court. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

Basketball's worldwide governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

Thirteen players were ejected with four from Australia and nine from the Philippines.

Basketball Australia, the sport's governing body in Australia, has released a statement saying, "Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight's match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila". While we accept our role in the incident, what we don't accept is when fans and officials get involved.

With Australia holding a comfortable lead, the match descended into violence after Roger Pogoy of the Philippines fouled Goulding and Daniel Kickert reacted with a raised forearm. The teams lawyers have been briefed.

However, Moore confirmed the Boomers may have unwittingly riled the hosts by tearing up advertising boards that players had slipped on the day before the game.

Once the chaos had subsided, referees came in and assessed the situation and a total of 13 players would be ejected as a result.

"We absolutely refute that".

As there was no immediate threat to the players the game resumed but in a tame form as Fajardo and Norwood fouled softly until they fouled out, thus forcing the game to end.

Moore said Basketball Australia later apologised to the Philippines Basketball Association.

There's been no word yet on any further disciplinary action from FIBA, but there's a possibility that punishment such as sanctions and/or fines could be coming down.

This, of course, was just minutes after they had engaged in a fight that included them throwing chairs at opponents' head and blindside cheap-shotting players.

But the incident may just overshadow performances from both teams.

"Class", NBA veteran Andrew Bogut, who has played previously for the Australian national team, wrote while re-tweeting a news account of the Filipino selfie.

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