FIBA World Cup: Gilas’ Allein Maliksi keeps mum after escaping FIBA sanctions

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2018 07:48 PM

Allein Maliksi, seen here playing against Australia in the Melbourne qualifying game in February, is eligible to play in the second round of the FIBA World Cup preliminaries. File/Courtesy of FIBA website

MANILA, Philippines—Blackwater Elite swingman Allein Maliksi opted to stay silent after escaping punishment from FIBA for his role in the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia last July 2.

Maliksi was not even part of the active lineup for the Philippines' game against the Boomers, but was still seen getting involved in the bench-clearing brawl that occurred with four minutes to go in the third quarter of the game.

When FIBA released its decision on the incident, Maliksi was not included in the list of players that were sanctioned. Jiovani Jalalon — another player who was not in the active lineup but participated in the melee — was banned for five games.

"I can't comment about that issue anymore," said Maliksi, who is currently in Macau along with the Blackwater team for the Asian League Summer Super 8 tournament.

"Siyempre, pinagsabihan na kami na if there are any more questions and interviews, pabayaan na lang namin 'yung issue."

Instead, Maliksi said the team is now trying move forward from the incident that has drawn global attention.

"We're trying to move on na," said Maliksi. "All the players and the coaching staff regret that it happened."

With Maliksi escaping sanction, that means he is available to be called up to the national team for the second round of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Ten players — all nine who were ejected in the Australia game, plus Jalalon — are sure to miss the Philippines' first game of the second round.

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