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Australia, Philippines brawl in FIBA World Cup qualifying, leaving 2 on 5

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Thirteen players were ejected — and one chair was thrown — as a brawl between Australia and the host Philippines marred a 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifier on Monday.

WIth Australia up 79-48 in the third quarter, the Philippines’ Roger Pogoy and Australia’s Chris Goulding shoved each other with Goulding hitting the floor. It led to another Aussie, former Saint Mary’s star Daniel Kickert, leveling Pogoy.

Chaos ensued and spilled off the court. Somebody not wearing a basketball uniform threw a chair. Play stopped for more than 35 minutes as officials went off the court and determined punishments.

Full video is here.

In the end, nine Philippines players and four Australians were ejected, including former NBA big man Andray Blatche of the Philippines and Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker of Australia.

The teams continued playing, even though the Philippines had just three players. The Philippines intentionally fouled until it was down to one player, at which point the game was called with Australia winning 89-53.

FIBA opened disciplinary proceedings against both teams.

Australia and the Philippines each provisionally advanced to the final round of Asia World Cup qualifying that starts in September.

“Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight’s match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila,” Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore said. “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.

“We apologize to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down.”

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Serbia rolls past Australia, advances to gold medal game

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In their penultimate game in pool play, the U.S. was a Bogdan Bogdanovic three-pointer away from being taken to overtime by Serbia. On Sunday the two teams will meet again, this time with Olympic gold medals going to the winner.

Following the Americans’ 82-76 win over Spain, Serbia jumped Australia from the start on their way to an impressive 87-61 victory. Milos Teodosic did a little bit of everything offensively for Serbia, scoring 22 points and dishing out five assists, with forwards Milan Macvan (12 points), Stefan Markovic (14) and Miroslav Raduljica (11) also scoring in double figures.

WATCH: Serbia routs Australia, advances to gold medal game

Serbia shot 61 percent inside the arc and 53 percent from the field overall while limiting Australia to 33 percent shooting. The win guarantees Serbia its first Olympic medal in men’s basketball as an independent nation, and their key options were able to get some extra rest ahead of Sunday’s finale as Serbia led by as much as 31 in the fourth quarter.

Nothing seemed to work for Australia, which scored just five points in the first quarter and trailed by 11 after one period. Offensively they couldn’t find clean looks, and defensively there were no answers for the combination of Serbia’s willingness to make sharp cuts and share the basketball, and the offensive skill set of Teodosic.

The Boomers made just four of their 31 three-point attempts on the night, and with Patty Mills (13 points) shooting 6-for-16 and Matthew Dellavedova 1-for-6 they didn’t get the offensive production from their backcourt that was needed to threaten Serbia. Without the quality looks they’d been able to find throughout the tournament Australia struggled mightily, and as a result they were unable to guarantee Australia its first Olympic men’s basketball medal.

Next up for Australia is Spain in the bronze medal game.

Australia Olympic men’s basketball roster has 6 NBA players

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andrew Bogut has been included in Australia’s Olympic squad, along with five more NBA players, despite concerns over his fitness.

Australia coach Andrej Lemanis announced his 12-man roster on Monday, saying he’d give Bogut until the eve of the games in Rio de Janeiro next month to recover from the bone bruising around his left knee sustained during Golden State’s seven-game loss to Cleveland in the NBA finals.

The 31-year-old Bogut, who has been traded to Dallas, has been working with the Boomers squad in Melbourne and has until Aug. 5 to show he is fit enough to play in his third Olympic basketball tournament.

Matthew Dellavedova, who helped Cleveland to an historic comeback win for the NBA championship last month and has since moved to the Milwaukee Bucks, and 2014 NBA champion Patty Mills are also in the Australian squad.

As are Joe InglesAron Baynes and Cameron Bairstow, who all played in the NBA last season.

“We are going to Rio to win a medal,” Mills said. “We all understand it is going to be a very hard task but the belief in each other that we can get it done is very exciting. This is certainly one of the strongest teams I’ve been a part of.”

Dellavedova said he had been nervous about Olympic selections, despite his big year in the NBA.

“Nothing’s assumed. Every spot in the Australian team is earned, nothing is given,” Lemanis said. “But the meeting with (Dellavedova) is pretty easy: ‘Delly, you’ve made the team. Congratulations.’ And then we speak about what he can contribute from here.”

The Australians will play warmup matches against the Pac-12 College All-Stars in Melbourne on Tuesday and Thursday and will have further warmup matches in America before arriving in Brazil. The Australians play France on Aug. 6 and Serbia on Aug. 8 before facing the U.S. on Aug. 10 and China on Aug. 12.

Australia squad: David Andersen, Cameron Bairstow, Aron Baynes, Andrew Bogut, Ryan Broekhoff, Matthew Dellavedova, Chris Goulding, Joe Ingles, Kevin Lisch, Damian Martin, Patrick Mills, Brock Motum.

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