Batang Gilas vs Australia: No kiddie punches, please Batang Gilas vs Australia: No kiddie punches, please
Fans remind the young players that there should be no repeat of the embarrassing ‘basketbrawl’ Published 10:30 AM, August 10, 2018 Updated 10:39 AM,... Batang Gilas vs Australia: No kiddie punches, please

Batang Gilas vs Australia: No kiddie punches, please

Fans remind the young players that there should be no repeat of the embarrassing ‘basketbrawl’

Published 10:30 AM, August 10, 2018

Updated 10:39 AM, August 10, 2018

SOLID SHOWDOWN. Batang Gilas, already assured of a World Cup berth, vies for a title slot against fellow unbeaten team Australia. Photo credit from FIBA

MANILA, Philippines – After the Philippines and Australia arranged a semifinal showdown in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship, memories of the infamous brawl between the countries’ senior teams soon came flooding.

The embarrassing incident – which led to Gilas absorbing most of the hefty fines and suspensions handed by FIBA – happened just last month so it’s no surprise that jokes like these hit Twitter:

But everything’s said in jest, of course, as many basketball fans have been imploring that there should be no repeat when the two youth teams clash on Friday, August 10, at 6:45 pm at Nonthaburi, Thailand.

Some said the game will definitely be scrutinized, so they reminded the Batang Gilas players not to imitate their senior counterparts.

Others noted that we should “move on” and let the game help “build a new brand of relationship between the two countries.”

Troy Rike, the Gilas Pilpinas pool player who helped break up the ugly July 2 fight, said Batang Gilas’ run seems like stuff for movies.

So to avoid kiddie punches, veteran sportswriter Ed Tolentino joked that the parents should be given ringside tickets to keep the young players at their best behavior.

In the end, though, many just want some good, clean hoops action between the tournament’s only unbeaten teams.

– Rappler.com

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