The remaining Filipino players eventually fouled themselves out of the game, which was called off before the end of the third quarter.
After a lengthy delay, the game continued, forcing the Philippines to play three-on-five, reminiscent of an NCAA basketball game between Alabama and Minnesota this past season.
"While our concerns over player safety were pure, our actions are not representative of what we expect from representatives of an Australian national team", Moore said.
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"Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight's game between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila". 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. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it". But the incident may just overshadow performances from both teams. "The Philippine basketball federation and the players are our friends and neighbors, but also a very tough opponent that we respect very much".
According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, 13 players in total were ejected from the game - nine from the Philippines and four from Australia. "Please respect the game and make our visitors safe in the arena", he said.
FIBA issued a statement saying that it will "open disciplinary proceedings against both teams" and an announcement about any further discipline will be made in the coming days. That resulted in a forfeit with Australia winning 89-53.