Basketball Australia is unlikely to appeal FIBA bans handed down to three players — Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding for their roles in the ugly brawl with the Philippines in the World Cup qualifier in Manila on July 2.
Kickert, who sparked the fracas with his stray elbow, was hardest hit, suspended for five international games. He won’t be available for the Boomers until next February.
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Milwaukee Bucks star Maker was handed a three-match sanction while Goulding was banned for one match.
The game’s governing body, FIBA, also suspended 10 Philippines players for a total of 35 games. Assistant coach Joseph Uichico was banned for three games, while head coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes was suspended for one game and fined for inciting unsportsmanlike conduct.
The heaviest penalties were handed to Calvin Abueva (six games, due to prior offences), and Roger Pogoy and Carl Cruz (both five games). This was a crazy fight. Australia and the Philippines are not scheduled to meet again unless they face each other at the FIBA World Cup or the next Asia Cup. Should be interesting.