Members of Gilas Pilipinas pose before their fight-tainted game against Australia at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan Monday night.
Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion
SBP finally apologizes for brawl-marred Gilas-Australia game
Denison Rey A. Dalupang (Philstar.com) - July 3, 2018 - 4:30pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has broken its silence over the melee that transpired in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifying game at the Philippine Arena involving Gilas Pilipinas and the Australia  Boomers on Monday night.

In a copy furnished to ESPN5, the SBP said it regrets “having breached the bounds of traditional Filipino hospitality.”

The statement was issued 18 hours after the incident that led to a Gilas loss via default and a 4-2 standing in Group B play. The Philippines was reduced to just Baser Amer in the third period of the game.

Basketball Australia, for its part, has already given its take on the incident. It rolled out a statement Monday night.

Head coach Chot Reyes and SBP president Al Panlilio are currently live at the network sharing their thoughts. An initial press conference slated Tuesday night at a hotel in Ortigas was cancelled.

2019 FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS BASKETBALL GILAS PILIPINAS GILAS-BOOMERS BRAWL
Philstar
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

FORGOT PASSWORD?
SIGN IN
or sign in with