Tuesday, July 3, 2018
The Boomers tried to defend their teammates and NBA star Thon Maker launched a series of karate-like kicks at the men in blue.
Some of the most sickening scenes saw players being punched and kicked while they were lying helpless on the floor, while one Australian had a chair thrown at his head by someone who wasn’t even a player.
Reyes was apologetic about the situation getting out of hand but alleged Kickert hit several Filipino stars during the warm-up, which contributed to the flare-up that saw Kickert floor Roger Ray Pogoy after he fouled Boomers guard Chris Goulding.
“It’s absolutely unacceptable but the reality is Kickert was hitting our players during the warm-ups,” Reyes told reporters. “He hit Bryan Cruz, he hit Matthew Wright, he hit Pogoy and he hit Calvin Abueva during the warm-ups.
“The foul of Pogoy on Goulding was called a foul, an offensive foul. It was a basketball play but he (Kickert) was the one who came in and then he hit Pogoy for the fifth time.
“You can’t expect to do that to a team five times and not expect to retaliate so that’s what happened unfortunately.
“That triggered the entire brawl and as unfortunate as it is, like I said, it’s something that you have to be there to know what really went down.”