- The Australian Boomers took off floor stickers inside the Philippine Arena
- This incident is being blamed for increasing the tension between the two teams
- The head coach of Australian Boomers spoke about the issue
Some Filipinos are blaming the incident that occurred a day before the game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australian Boomers – which involved members of team Australia removing floor advertisement stickers inside the Philippine arena – for the brawl between the two teams.
KAMI learned that Australian head coach Andrej Lemanis has opened up about that incident.
According to Andrej, they removed it because they believed that the floor stickers were unsafe.
He also complained about one of the rings as well as the venue itself, which was the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
“One of the rings was obviously high. They came and measured it and it was like six or seven inches high.
“We never got a resolution to that. People sort of disappeared out of the building who were trying to help us,” he said. “It became evident the court was unsafe to play on with the decals, the way that they were.
“It was an important game, there were lots of things that weren’t right with the venue when we got there.
“We were very aware that our practice time was slipping away and we are never going to put players in a situation where they could injure themselves. It’s just not safe,” the head coach said, according to Manila Bulletin.
The infamous brawl occurred during the third quarter of the game, when Australia was leading by 31 points.
When Australia’s Daniel Kickert had a physical altercation with Roger Pogoy, the other Gilas players tried to defend their teammate.
There are speculations that the Gilas team might be suspended by FIBA due to the unfortunate incident.
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