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There followed flying punches, flying knees - particularly from Aussie number seven Thon Maker - and even chairs being thrown as the benches of both teams joined the melee.
Nine Filipino players were ejected from the game in the wake of the brawl that spilled over to the sidelines, which saw some members of the crowd throw water bottles on the court as well.
For some background, Australia and the Philippines (known in basketball as Gilas Pilipinas) are competing in the Asia/Oceania qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which will take place in China from August 31-September 15, 2019.
Maker, Daniel Kickert, Nathan Sobey, and Chris Goulding were all ejected for Australia.
The game ended in an 89-53 win for Australia.
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Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore issued a short statement after the match.
In a tweet, FIBA announced it "will now open disciplinary proceedings against both teams". "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", Moore said.
The incident came a day after Australia said it didn't mean to disrespect the Philippine basketball team after the removal of FIBA-approved stickers without permisssion at the Philippine Arena in Manila.
A basketball game between Australian Boomers and the Philippines descended into chaos, as the match erupted into a vicious fight - including a flying kick from NBA player Thon Maker - during a FIBA World Cup qualifying match.
"The decision (s) will be communicated in the coming days", they announced. That isn't out of the ordinary this time of year but, in the midst of a blowout in favor of Australia, things escalated into a full-blown brawl on the floor.
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