Asian Qualifiers 2018:

Rumble at the Arena – Australia romps over Gilas, 89-53

July 2, 2018 – Bulacan Arena

FIBA Asian Qualifiers 2018 News: Australia romped over Gilas Pilipinas, 89-53, but the highlight of the World Cup 2019 qualifier this Monday at the Bulacan Philippine Arena was the all-out bench-clearing brawl between the Aussies and Filipinos. Roger Pogoy was at the center of the melee after an offensive play altercation with Christopher James Goulding. Consequently, Daniel Kickert retaliated with a sucker elbow and decked Pogoy that resulted to the chaotic court rumble. 

James Goulding carried the Boomers with 23 points on 4 of 5 Three Point shooting (80% clip).

Andray Blatche led the losing Gilas with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

➤ The Filipinos later lost the game by default as it lost the majority of players due to ejection, and later the remaining players being disqualified due to fouls.

➤ The game was halted by the brawl in the third quarter with 04:01 remaining and Australia ahead big, 79-48. In all, nine Filipino players and four Aussies were ejected from the game. It was later continued with Pilipinas Basketball team being limited to only three players: June Mar Fajardo, Baser Amer, and Gabe Norwood.

Fajardo was saddled with early foul trouble and was limited to only 10 points.

➤ It was revealed by Coach Chot Reyes that Daniel Kickert was taunting and physically hitting Filipino players even during the shootaround warm-up period.

➤ Australia is now up with a 5-1 win-loss slate in the first round of the Qualifiers to top Group B while the Philippine basketball team settles for second with a 4-2 record. Both teams automatically advance to the second round together with third placer Japan beginning this September.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 23-18, 57-32, 89-53.

australia: 89

Goulding 20, Kickert 12, Dellavedova 9, Maker 8, Brandt 8, Lisch 7, Sobey 7, Kay 7, Gliddon 6, Drmic 5, McCarron 0, Cadee 0.

gilas pilipinas: 53

Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Castro 8, Romeo 6, Aguilar 6, Norwood 4, Pogoy 4, Amer 3, Abueva 0, Wright 0, Rosario 0 .

July 3, 2018 - The Arena, Bulacan

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

Asian Qualifiers 2018:

Gilas Pilipinas batters Chinese Taipei, 91-73

June 30, 2018 – Taiwan

Asian Qualifiers 2018: Gilas Pilipinas whacked Chinese Taipei, 91-73, in the ongoing Asian Qualifiers 2018 for the FIBA World Cup 2019 this Friday in Taiwan. June Mar Fajardo led the Filipinos with 23 buckets and 4 rebounds, while Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo contributed 15 and 14 points each.


➤ Gilas bucked a slow start to overturn the game against Taiwan. Gilas trailed Chinese Taipei by as much as 8 points in the first half before crawling back to snatch the lead to 37-36 courtesy of Blatche’s lay-up with 2:16 remaining.

Quincy Davis led Taiwan NT with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Lu Cheng-Ju sniped with 4 of 8 treys to drop 13 markers before being limited by Gabe Norwood‘s defense. Center Tseng Wen Ting was a non-factor as he was saddled with early foul troubles.

➤ The Philippine Basketball Team is already assured of a spot in the second round of the qualifiers, but are battling for the first place in Group B standings. Taiwan, meanwhile, is in a precarious bottom position as Japan NT upset Australia earlier in the day.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 16-19, 44-37, 68-60, 93-71.

gilas pilipinaS: 91

Fajardo 23, Castro 15, Romeo 14, Blatche 13, Pogoy 8, Norwood 8, Wright 6, Rosario 5, Jalalon 2, Abueva 0, Aguilar 0, Malicsi 0.


Davis 17, Cheng-Ju 13, Ying-Chun 11, Kuan-Chuan 9, Yi-Hsiang 9, Chin-Min 7, Wen-Ting 3, Po-Chen 2, I-Chieh 0, Cheng 0, Yu-An 0, Creighton 0.

June 30, 2018 - Taiwan

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team