Gilas assistant Uichico regrets actions in Gilas brawl
Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach Jong Uichico lamented his involvement in the ruckus with the Australian national team in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers at Philippine Arena on Monday night.
The ugly fight erupted at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter as both benches cleared following a dustup involving Gilas’ Roger Pogoy and Australia’s Daniel Kickert.
A total of 13 players from both teams were thrown out upon thorough review of the incident that also saw Uichico among the Gilas mob ganging up on a seemingly defenseless Chris Goulding of Australia, who was flat on his back while being pummeled.
“Tonight, my emotions got the better of me like a father who cares about his sons,” Uichico wrote on Twitter.
Uichico admitted his actions were unjustifiable.
“That does not excuse my actions and I apologize to everyone as in hindsight I should not have gotten involved. This is a painful but maybe necessary lesson for me.”
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