The hardest part of basketball’s sickening brawl
STANDING on the Australian bench as his Boomers brothers were being helplessly bashed, Sydney Kings skipper Kevin Lisch was hit with a range of emotions.
For all the frustration and fear, the hardest part for Lisch was not being able to act.
This was especially the case when guard Chris Goulding was set upon by multiple Philippine players and staff and repeatedly punched.
Lisch wanted to help Goulding, but he knew he'd make the situation worse if he broke protocol and left the bench.
"But it didn't make it any easier to deal with," Lisch said.
"When your teammate is laying there and we are being adamantly told to stay back, it is kind of hard to keep it all together.
"You still don't know what to think. So many different emotions are going through your head - anger and guilt.
"It was a different situation for us guys on the bench, but the first rule of thumb is that if a fight happens, the assistant coaches' job is to make sure no one goes on the court.
"If we did that, we would have forfeited the game or made the situation worse. That was difficult and a real dilemma, especially once you could see we were outnumbered, but we had to stay on the bench."
Lisch hopes harsh lessons will be learnt from the brawl and has backed FIBA to stop officials entering the court.
"I think that is definitely something FIBA will look into," he said.
"I'm sure this is an eye-opening experience for a lot of people and FIBA will re-look at everything and they'll make the necessary changes so this never happens again.
"It was very disheartening to see the way the game ended. You never want to see that because of everything it represents.
"It was a really unfortunate situation."