Basketball Australia "deeply regrets" Bocaue brawl

Basketball Australia said sorry for the melee. Nikki Collantes
By Ivan Saldajeno

BOCAUE--Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore issued an apology to the Australian fans who witnessed the melee between its national team and Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena on Monday night.

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"Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in [last night’s] match between the Boomers and the Philippines in [Bocaue]," Moore said in a statement. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it. This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball."

Moore added that his organization "will await the penalties to be handed down.”

He is expected to be available to the media on Tuesday.

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