Basketball Australia is unlikely to appeal FIBA bans handed down to three players — Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding — for their roles in the ugly brawl with the Philippines in the World Cup qualifier in Manila on July 2.

Kickert, who sparked the fracas with his stray elbow, was hardest hit, suspended for five international games. He won’t be available for the Boomers until next February.

Milwaukee Bucks star Maker was handed a three-match sanction while Goulding was banned for one match.

The game’s governing body, FIBA, also suspended 10 Philippines players for a total of 35 games. Assistant coach Joseph Uichico was banned for three games, while head coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes was suspended for one game and fined for inciting unsportsmanlike conduct.

The heaviest penalties were handed to Calvin Abueva (six games, due to prior offences), and Roger Pogoy and Carl Cruz (both five games).

The national Philippines basketball organisation was fined 250,000 Swiss francs ($A337,000) and ordered to play one home game behind closed doors, while it will also be on probation for three years.

Basketball Australia was fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($A135,000) for the Boomers’ role in the third-quarter incident and for removing floor stickers from the court during practice on the eve of the game.

In a surprise move, FIBA also suspended the match officials for 12 months.



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