From a post that called it a distraction from the [snake in the fitting room of Robinsons Galleria] to the comments saying that Senator Manny Pacquiao should’ve been there, the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and the Boomers has produced some downright funny reactions from local netizens that JE LANGOMEZ gathered for us.
If you’ve been online within the last 20 hours or so, then chances are you didn’t miss what arguably became one of the most controversial basketball related news local feeds have gotten in months. In the middle of a lopsided FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier between the Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas and Australia’s the Boomers at the Philippine Arena, a bench-clearing brawl broke out turning the game into one of the most controversial match-ups in recent history. It has since been spurring a deluge of online reactions.
It all went down during the third quarter. With scoreboards flashing 79-48 favoring Australia, local player Roger Popoy appeared to have knocked down Australia’s Christopher Goulding and, in response, the latter’s teammate, Daniel Kickart, struck Popoy with his elbow leading to an all-out brawl. Soon enough, cameras caught Jason Castro flying through the crowd to land a punch at Kickart, Terrence Romeo avoiding what looked like an attempt at a flying kick from Thon Maker, and various players from both teams hurling blows at each other in a melee that knocked aside one of the barricades.
Prior to the game, there was already tension between both teams when the Australian delegates, while practicing at the Philippine Arena on the eve of the contest, reportedly removed FIBA-approved decals featuring Gilas’ corporate sponsors without permission. The action was justified by the team who said that the decals were slippery. Meanwhile, Gilas’ coach, Chot Reyes, said that Kickart, before the match, was already on the bad side of his team after apparently hitting some of the Filipino players during the warm-ups. Kickart’s decision to strike Popoy during the match was reportedly the last straw that lead to all the fighting.
It was already a notable day for basketball even before all this happened. Not long before the reports of the brawl began surfacing, it was reported that Lebron James had left the Cleveland Cavaliers, signing a 4-year deal with the LA Lakers. That alone was enough to fill feeds with cager-related postings. And now, at the wake of the brawl that caught the attention of the world, more basketball related stuff can be found online and some of them are just downright funny. Here are some of the best we’ve encountered thus far:
WAKE UP SHEEPLE. DINI-DISTRACT LANG TAYO NG GILAS VS AUSTRALIA RUMBLE MULA SA KATOTOHANANG MAY AHAS SA FITTING ROOM NG ROBINSON’S GALLERIA.
— BEN & BEN TULFO (@Punongbayan_) July 2, 2018
Tin foil hats on, people.
Pilipinas vs Australia update
Gilas lead 118 to 20
Jayson castro lead the the team with 17punches with a fantastic flying punch
Carl Bryan Cruz with 15 punches very aggressive
Jalalon with a dagger right hook may kasama pang foul
Terrence 8 punches with a killer crossover
— GELO_ō ? (@planetungellows) July 3, 2018
^The blow by blow.
— DHAN ? (@PapiLabbbb) July 3, 2018
Hey, say what you want but A LOT of Filipinos are fantastic MOBA players.
The best fight in Naruto. Charot! pic.twitter.com/WV5DKvoSVJ
— Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) July 3, 2018
The high priestess of #Charotism has graced us. Bow down, mortals.
— neydin (@nadinetzn) July 2, 2018
Now imagine if Pacquiao was in Gilas
— XXXTerrelLashawn (@TwoStaxx) July 2, 2018
Can’t say we didn’t expect this…
This is the moment when I wish Manny Pacquiao is a member of Gilas Pilipinas.?
— ed tolentino (@edtolentino) July 2, 2018
After watching the Gilas game pic.twitter.com/yPhXYJsUmv
— ?? (@geoarroyoo) July 2, 2018
— Em Jibi (@BungagMyra) July 2, 2018
One more for the guys at the back.
Gilas Starting Line up for the second round of #FIBAWCQ
PG: MANNY PACQUIAO
SG: NONITO DONAIRE
SF: AHAS NIETES
PF: BRANDON VERA
C: BATISTA #LabanPilipinas
— drin (@_marcdcm) July 2, 2018
And in case this doesn’t get approved…
Magandang Line up ng Gilas
PG: Manny Pacman Paquiao
SG: Donnie Ahas Nietes
SF: Nonito Donaire
PF: Rey Bboom Bboom Bautista
C: Milan Melindo
Ano palag?? HAHAHA. jan naman tayo malakas e
— PUP Memes (@PUPMemes) July 2, 2018
We have this^
MGA IPAPALIT SA MGA SUSPENDED NA GILAS PLAYERS:
1. Sen. Manny Pacquiao
2. Nonito Donaire
3. Brandon Vera
4. Cardo Dalisay
5. Ivy Aguas
— BADTRIP (@BadtripKaDre) July 2, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: Mar Roxas, Ipapasok sa Gilas Pilipinas pic.twitter.com/rpu4yeBkhJ
— Jerson Egargue ?✪ (@sunejer) July 2, 2018
Just in case someone get’s injured, b.
— SALBAKUTA KINABALU (@keiakamatsu) July 2, 2018
They’re “changing lives” ya’ll.
Gilas players be like: pic.twitter.com/VCxtOTh8Xh
— ? (@Praaym) July 2, 2018
And the rest of us were like…
Recap of Gilas and Australia pic.twitter.com/kwUS3SutYC
— Jeff Canoy (@jeffcanoy) July 2, 2018
— bonita (@ninjangeli) July 2, 2018
Them “Slash Brother” moves though.
And those gloves would’ve been taken off, Rowell.
DDS on Gilas-Boomers brawl: Dapat di tayo binubully ng mga dayuhan!
DDS on Chinese occupation of WPS: …………………galing ni Tatay Digong!!! Napakastrategic mag-isip!
— Kristina (@kristinamisajon) July 2, 2018
Ms. Kristina typing this like…
Be. Like. Abai…
…..I don’t. even know. what. to tweet. #FIBAWC ?
— Laura Lehmann (@IAmLauraLehmann) July 2, 2018
No worries, Laura. The rest of the net got you covered.