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Terrence Romeo has 'no regrets' after 'violent' PH vs. AU basketball brawl

"Kung 'embarrassing' kami sa mata niyo bakit 'di kayo mag-convert ng Australian," Terrence Romeo says.

Chandral Selim
Chandral Selim

7/3/2018 in News
Terrence Romeo has 'no regrets' after 'violent' PH vs. AU basketball brawl

Terrence Romeo has called out fellow basketball players who have detracted their support from the Philippine national team Gilas Pilipinas after their brawl with the Australia Boomers at the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers yesterday, July 2. 

"Doon sa mga kapwa namin players na nag sasabing 'embarrassing' kami wala kaming paki alam sa inyo. Kami magkaka-teammate sa loob kailangan namin magtulungan. Hindi namin pwede pabayaan y'ung isa't isa. Kung 'embarrassing' kami sa mata niyo bakit 'di kayo mag convert ng Australian?" the basketball player tweeted last night.

He continued, "Kung para sainyo mali [na] tulungan namin 'yung kakampi naming sinasaktan, problema niyo na 'yun. Basta kami walang iwanan."

According to reports, the brawl was triggered by an incident between Gilas' Roger Ray Pogoy and Australia's Daniel Kickert. According to Gilas Coach Chot Reyes, the Australian player had begun harassing his players during warmups, "hitting" Carl Bryan Cruz, Matthew Wright, and Calvin Abueva. 

"He was the one who came in and he decked Pogoy for the fifth time. You can’t expect to do that to a team for five times and not expect to retaliate so that’s what happened. Unfortunately, that triggered the brawl," Coach Chot told the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Terrence, Carl, Matthew, and Calvin were among the nine Gilas players slapped with disqualifying fouls. Jayson Castro, Andray Blatche, Troy Rosario and Japeth Aguilar were also ejected from the game. On top of it all, Gilas lost by default to Australia, 89 to 53. 

FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings for both teams, with Gilas ready to "face the consequences."

Coach Chot pressed, “It’s up to Fiba in the end...it is what it is, but like I said, the one thing that they have to know about this team is that we’re not gonna back down."

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