The game, held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, saw an ugly brawl that resulted in the ejection of 13 athletes—four from Australia and nine from the Philippines. The International Basketball Federation or Fiba will investigate the incident and is poised to sanction those found to have committed violations. The brawl took place after a local player knocked an Australian opponent to the ground; the Australian’s teammate retaliated by hitting the Filipino with a flying elbow. The Philippine team’s coach, Chot Reyes was recorded as exhorting his players “to hit somebody.” It might have been the push the losing team needed, but it did not serve the Philippine team—nor all of us, very well. Expressions of regret were made, but real sentiments continue to be betrayed by the words that both camps used in the aftermath of the brawl. Reyes, for instance, insists they were standing up to their opponent’s bullying. The local team has apologized to fans and the basketball community—but not to Australia.