Three Boomers suspended over ‘basket brawl’ against Philippines
FIBA has handed down sanctions to the Australian and Filipino basketball teams following their infamous brawl.
Daniel Kickert (pictured) copped the toughest suspension, for sparking the brawl. He’s been rubbed out for five matches and won’t be available for the Boomers until February.
Aussie NBA star Thon Maker has been banned for three games while Chris Goulding, who was attacked by more than a dozen Filipinos, has been suspended for one game.
Basketball Australia has also been fined $135,000.
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The Filipino team has had 10 players rubbed out for a total of 35 International games, with three receiving five-game bans.
The national federation has been fined $337,000.
Philippines head coach Vincent Reyes was given a one-game ban and a $14,000 disciplinary fine and an assistant has been banned for three games.
The two nations have 14 days to appeal, but Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore admits they’re likely to cop the punishment.
Basketball great and Sydney Kings Coach Andrew Gaze tell Ross Greenwood the actions of some of those involved “warranted a much more significant penalty”.
He says while it’s not “helpful”, the incident won’t have a lasting impact on the game.
“I think most people understand it’s extremely usual and it’s not a regular occurrence or there’s not a fundamental problem with the sport.”
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