To further explain what happened to the Philippines — Australia warm-up commotion, talked about the series of events that led to the controversial basketball scruffle at the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifier in Bocaue, Bulacan.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN | TV5’s “Sports Center”, the 54-year-old head coach of the Philippine national basketball team breaks down the brawl against the Australian Boomers players. Moreover, he further detailed what really happened prior to the controversial smackdown.
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“This was just a line-up line. Apparently, some of our players crossed a bit over. You could almost see Matthew (Wright) pushed by (Daniel) Kickert from behind.”
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In addition, coach Chot Reyes even revealed that Daniel Kickert also did to other Gilas Pilipinas players.
“They explained to me already that Calvin (Abueva) tried to pacify or trip (Daniel) Kickert because he saw Matthew Wright pushed from behind. That was like the third incident from behind. He did it to Carl Brian Cruz. He did it to (Roger Ray) Pogoy.”
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Despite the growing tension between the two teams, he reiterated that he restrained the Gilas Pilipinas players to forget about and just focus on the game itself.
“If you could see the longer version of the video, many Australian players are passing by, they didn’t mind if its okay. That’s already the start. That’s when I told them to forget about it. We restrained the players.”
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