Fight breaks out during Gilas-Australia game

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Thirteen players were ejected - four from Australia, including Maker, and nine from the Philippines.

The worldwide governing body, Fiba, has opened an investigation.

Australia and The Philippines were meeting for a game during the first round of Asian qualifiers for the FIBA basketball World Cup.

The chief executive of Basketball Australia, Anthony Moore, faced the media on Tuesday to express his regret at Australia's involvement in the "unacceptable" incident that has prompted questions over security for travelling teams.

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"We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down".

Moore said the Boomers would take a black eye around the world as video spreads.

Jayson Castro and Andray Blatche, who played the first seven years of his nine-year National Basketball Association career with the Washington Wizards, charged after Kickert, while Thon Maker, who played the past two seasons for the Bucks, came to his Australian teammate's defense with a couple of flying kicks.

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Both teams are in position to advance to the next round. "Reputationally we have taken a hit".

Maker then played peacemaker, urging his teammates back to the bench, before seeing Australian guard Nathan Sobey up the other end of the court surrounded by Philippines players. Serious measures would need to be put in place before I'm comfortable to send players to these environments again.

Maker, who along with fellow Milwaukee Bucks player Matthew Dellavedova, had come home from the U.S. to play in the match, posted a statement on Twitter following the brawl. "If we're embarrassing in your eyes why don't you become an Australian". We can't let them be on their own.

FIBA has announced that has opened up its investigation on the incident, which is one of the biggest on-court incidents in recent basketball memory. There are 16 teams from the region hoping to qualify for seven spots in next year's tournament.

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Now, with the proceedings about to start, FIBA said that the decisions will be made in the next days.

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