Aussie assistant coach blames Chot Reyes for Fiba World Cup violence

first_imgSBP hopes brawl won’t affect 2023 Fiba World Cup hosting The former Chicago Bulls star described the bench-clearing brawl which saw 13 players, including four Australians, ejected from the match as the worst thing he had seen on a basketball court.Longley, who has been praised for his efforts to protect Australian player Chris Goulding from a large group of Philippines players, said Reyes had called on his players during a time out to “hit somebody, put somebody on their arse.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownReyes has defended the comments, which were picked up by television microphones, as a routine instruction to his players to foul on fast breaks.Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Longley rejected Reyes’ comments and criticized the Philippines players for posing for a group selfie after the brawl had abated. Basketball Australia has sought to limit further comment on the brawl which is being investigated by world governing body FIBA. But Longley was eager to speak, condemning what he called the “gangster” behavior of some Philippines players.“I do believe their coach Chot Reyes incited them to come out and thug us,” Longley said. “There’s video evidence of that.“Then he substituted a thug out there who took three or four cheap swings at (Goulding). This is out of the party line but I’m most disturbed with their head coach. I think he was embarrassed by the way his team was playing. I think he was embarrassed by the shape they were in. I think he was embarrassed by how they fought.“He wouldn’t look me in the eye at the end of the game when I shook his hand. I think he was embarrassed and that’s where a lot of it came from. I’m upset with him more than anybody. To let his team take gangster selfies on the baseline after something like that, that shows a total lack of control and respect.”Longley said he felt he had no choice but to come off the bench to defend Goulding when he saw the Australian pinned under a pile of Philippines players.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Those are the sorts of images you hope you never see, one guy lying on the ground covering up his head and being kicked and beaten by the other team, players and officials and guys from the crowd,” he said. “It was horrifying. I wasn’t supposed to come off the bench. It was really disturbing.“I went onto the court to protect our guys, with the idea of not hurting anyone, just putting my big body in the way.”Basketball Australia was expected to make Goulding available to speak to reporters Wednesday but withdrew him, saying he would speak “at a better time.”Australian veteran Daniel Kickert who was seen to elbow a Philippines player in response to a foul on Goulding before the brawl erupted, described the violence as “regrettable.”“I was put in a position where I made an action that was unfortunate,” he said. “I think I overstepped a little bit in my response to the escalation in the game.“I’m going to let FIBA do everything they need to do and come to the answers they see fit.” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia assistant coach and former NBA star Luc Longley has accused Philippines coach Chot Reyes of inciting the violence that marred a World Cup qualifying match between the teams on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ahead of MSME’s National Conference on Trade Fair in Monrovia: IBEX Completes Training on…

first_imgAhead of this year’s third Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) national conference trade fair, one of the lead agencies in business development, Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) has completed a one-day intensive training in access to finance and record keeping for local business people in Monrovia.The upcoming conference is intended to focus on enterprise-development promotion, inclusive economic growth and empowerment of Liberians.The training was organized and facilitated by IBEX as one of the technical working groups working with the Ministry of Commerce on the pending MSME’s conference in Monrovia, slated from 17-18 November.The IBEX seminar brought together over 50 participants from diverse business backgrounds.IBEX Deputy Chief of Party, Augustus J. Flomo, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that the training would provide opportunities for participants to explore ways to break down national and international obstacles to inclusive economic growth in the country.He said as lead agency in business support, the seminar will provide platform for local business people where they will discuss key issues that are affect them in getting access to finance and how to document their businesses.Mr. Flomo assured the business community of IBEX’s commitment to improving the country’s economy.In remarks, the participants expressed thanks and gratitude to IBEX for the opportunity to acquire such knowledge that will help them explore their businesses in Liberia.IBEX program offers financial services to local businesses and commercial bank staff, including technical assistance and capacity building support such as training, coaching, mentoring, advice and loan facilitation for business growth and expansion. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more