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1959 FIBA World Championship

The 1959 FIBA World Championship was the 3rd FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men's teams. It hosted by Chile from January 16 to 31, 1959. Amaury Antônio Pasos was named the MVP.

1959 FIBA World Championship
Campeonato Mundial de Baloncesto de 1959
Tournament details
Host country Chile
Dates 16–31 January
Teams 13
Venue(s) 5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up  United States
Third place  Chile
Fourth place  Formosa
Tournament statistics
MVP Brazil Amaury Pasos
Top scorer Taiwan James Chen (20.1)
1954
1963

The hosting cities for the competition were Antofagasta, Concepción, Temuco, Valparaíso, with the final stages being held at the capital of Santiago.

The final stages were supposed to be held at the newly constructed Metropolitan Indoor Stadium, but because the venue was not finished in time the games were postponed by a year from the original date and moved outdoors to the Estadio Nacional de Chile, configured in a way that the games were seen by a crowd of 16,000. The United States was represented by the United States Air Force Team.

Contents

Competing nationsEdit

Group A Group B Group C

  Argentina
  United Arab Rep.
  Formosa
  United States

  Brazil
  Canada
  Mexico
  Soviet Union

  Bulgaria
  Philippines
  Puerto Rico
  Uruguay

  Chile – advanced automatically to the final round as host

Competition formatEdit

  • Preliminary round: Three groups of four teams play each other once; top two teams progress to the final round, bottom two teams relegated to classification round.
  • Classification round:
    • First round: Two groups of three teams (A1, B2, C1 and A2, B1, C2) play each other once.
    • Second round: Top teams from each group play for eighth, second placers play for tenth, and last placers play for twelfth.
  • Final round: All top two from preliminary round group play each other once. The team with the best record wins the championship.

Preliminary roundEdit

Qualified for the final round

Group AEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  United States 3 3 0 271 204 +67 6
  Formosa 3 2 1 207 209 −2 5
  Argentina 3 1 2 197 202 −5 4
  United Arab Rep. 3 0 3 179 239 −60 3
January 16
United States   81–73   Argentina
January 16
Formosa   71–69   United Arab Rep.
January 17
Argentina   65–52   United Arab Rep.
January 17
United States   81–73   Formosa
January 18
Argentina   59–63   Formosa
January 18
United Arab Rep.   58–103   United States

Group BEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
  Brazil 3 2 1 211 175 +36 5 1W-1L; 1.064
  Soviet Union 3 2 1 229 199 +30 5 1W-1L; 1.000
  Canada 3 2 1 169 174 −5 5 1W-1L; 0.935
  Mexico 3 0 3 173 234 −61 3  
January 16
Canada   52–69   Brazil
January 16
Soviet Union   73–64   Mexico
January 17
Canada   54–51   Mexico
January 17
Soviet Union   73–64   Brazil
January 18
Canada   63–54   Soviet Union
January 18
Mexico   50–78   Brazil

Group CEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Bulgaria 3 3 0 217 174 +43 6
  Puerto Rico 3 2 1 209 194 +15 5
  Philippines 3 1 2 192 220 −28 4
  Uruguay 3 0 3 181 211 −30 3
January 16
Philippines   68–59   Uruguay
January 16
Bulgaria   67–55   Puerto Rico
January 17
Uruguay   64–78   Puerto Rico
January 17
Bulgaria   85–61   Philippines
January 18
Puerto Rico   76–63   Philippines
January 18
Bulgaria   65–58   Uruguay

Classification roundEdit

Group DEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Philippines 2 2 0 145 120 +25 4
  United Arab Rep. 2 1 1 136 148 −12 3
  Canada 2 0 2 124 137 −13 2
January 21
Philippines   66–65   United Arab Rep.
January 22
Canada   69–71   United Arab Rep.
January 23
Canada   65–79   Philippines

Group EEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Uruguay 2 2 0 105 95 +10 4
  Argentina 2 1 1 123 117 +6 3
  Mexico 2 0 2 113 129 −16 2
January 21
Argentina   48–51   Uruguay
January 22
Mexico   47–54   Uruguay
January 23
Argentina   75–66   Mexico

Second roundEdit

January 25
12th place
Canada   64–56   Mexico
January 25
10th place
United Arab Rep.   59–61   Argentina
January 25
8th place
Philippines   78–70   Uruguay

Final roundEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
  Brazil 6 5 1 472 382 +90 11  
  United States 6 4 2 370 378 −8 10  
  Chile 6 2 4 393 444 −51 8 86–85
  Formosa 6 2 4 315 350 −35 8 85–86
  Puerto Rico 6 1 5 397 471 −74 7  
  Soviet Union 6 5 1 365 264 +101 11  
  Bulgaria 6 2 4 315 338 −23 8  

The Soviet Union refusal to play Formosa in the final round led to their relegation to the last two places. If Soviet Union had played that match and defeated Formosa, they would have won the gold medal, but they refused to play because of the political status of the Republic of China, known as Formosa in the tournament and lost their chance to win the title.

20 January
Chile   86–85   Formosa
21 January
Puerto Rico   55–84   Soviet Union
21 January
Bulgaria   58–63   United States
22 January
Brazil   94–76   Formosa
22 January
Chile   83–71   Puerto Rico
23 January
Brazil   62–53   Bulgaria
23 January
United States   54–53   Puerto Rico
24 January
Brazil   63–66   Soviet Union
24 January
Bulgaria   76–71   Chile
26 January
Formosa   69–85   United States
26 January
Bulgaria   58–78   Soviet Union
27 January
Formosa   81–85   Puerto Rico
27 January
Chile   49–75   Soviet Union
28 January
Brazil   99–71   Puerto Rico
28 January
United States   37–62   Soviet Union
29 January
Bulgaria   70–62   Puerto Rico
29 January
Chile   55–64   United States
30 January
Formosa   2–0   Soviet Union
30 January
Brazil   81–67   United States
31 January
Bulgaria   0–2   Formosa
31 January
Brazil   73–49   Chile

AwardsEdit

 1959 World Championship Winner 
 
Brazil
First title

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Record
1   Brazil 7–2
2   United States 7–2
3   Chile 2–4
4   Formosa 4–5
5   Puerto Rico 3–6
6   Soviet Union 7–2
7   Bulgaria 5–4
8   Philippines 4–2
9   Uruguay 2–4
10   Argentina 3–3
11   United Arab Republic 1–5
12   Canada 3–3
13   Mexico 0–6

Top scorers (ppg)Edit

  1. James Chen (Formosa) 20.1
  2. Juan "Pachin" Vicens (Puerto Rico) 19.7
  3. Wlamir Marques (Brazil) 18.6
  4. Jerry Vayda (USA) 18
  5. Lio Jin Ron (Formosa) 16.7
  6. Dick Welsh (USA) 16.4
  7. Viktor Radev (Bulgaria) 15.25
  8. Amaury Pasos (Brazil) 15.22
  9. Jose Angel Cestero (Puerto Rico) 14.3
  10. Evelio Droz (Puerto Rico) 13.7

All-Tournament teamEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit