Normally this kind of incident descends into little more than handbags but that wasn't the case on this occasion.
It happened at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter with the Philippines trailing 79-48.
Chris Goulding was leveled with an elbow, which was soon met with retaliation, with Daniel Kickert coming in and leveling a Philippines player with an elbow of his own.
The wild scene also involved the throwing of a chair, as seen here. When Philippines captain Gabe Norwood fouled out, it left just one player available for the Philippines. The benches-clearing brawl broke out during the third quarter of the contest. At the end of this we will await for the referees' decision.
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Maker, Kickert, Christopher Goulding and Nathan Sobey were ejected for Australia.
A better look at the throwdown comes courtesy of Ryan Northover, who recorded footage from the Fox Sports Australia broadcast of the game.
"Basketball Australia unreservedly apologizes for the removal of decals from the court at Philippine Arena prior to the Australian Boomers vs Philippines FIBA World Cup qualifer tonight", the statement read.
According to The Daily Telegraph, nine players were ejected from the Philippines side, along with four Australians.
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Pepe headed home from the corner to bring the Selecao back into the match but it was Uruguay who had the last laugh. And just like that, he joined Messi in heading out of Russian Federation and out of the World Cup .
But the fallout from this shocking incident could have huge ramifications for both nations ahead of the next round of qualifiers in September with Fiba sure to hand out severe punishments.
Maker's National Basketball Association and Australian teammate, Matthew Dellavedova, also took part in the game, which ended in a 89-53 Australia win, but wasn't on the court for the brawl.
The victory means that Australia finishes on top of Asian Zone Group B with five wins from six matches though both teams had already progressed to the second stage of qualification.
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That miss, however, has probably fired the 33-year-old to come up with a stronger display in this encounter. There is not a single player that can contain him there.
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