1974 FIBA World Championship

The 1974 FIBA World Championship was the 7th FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men's teams. It was hosted by Puerto Rico from July 3 to 14, 1974. The tournament was won by the Soviet Union.

1974 FIBA World Championship
FIBA Campeonato Mundial de Baloncesto de 1974
Tournament details
Host countryPuerto Rico
DatesJuly 3–14
Officially opened byRafael Hernández Colón
Teams14
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (2nd title)
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place United States
Fourth place Cuba
Tournament statistics
Games played55
MVPSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Kićanović
Top scorerMexico Arturo Guerrero
(27.0 points per game)
1970
1978

VenuesEdit

Ponce[1] Caguas[1] San Juan[1]
Auditorio Pachín Vicéns[2] Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares[2] Roberto Clemente Coliseum[2]
Capacity: 8,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 12,000
   

Competing nationsEdit

Group A Group B Group C Final round

  Brazil
  Central African Republic
  Mexico
  Soviet Union

  Argentina
  Philippines
  Spain
  United States

  Australia
  Canada
  Cuba
  Czechoslovakia

  Puerto Rico – host
  Yugoslavia – defending champion

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Soviet Union 3 3 0 314 188 +126 6 Final round
2   Brazil 3 2 1 254 211 +43 5
3   Mexico 3 1 2 264 277 −13 4 Classification round
4   Central African Republic 3 0 3 184 340 −156 3
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.
3 July
Mexico   78–100   Brazil

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   United States 3 3 0 358 242 +116 6 Final round
2   Spain 3 2 1 284 288 −4 5
3   Argentina 3 1 2 286 295 −9 4 Classification round
4   Philippines 3 0 3 260 363 −103 3
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.
July 3
19:30
Philippines   85–135   United States
Scoring by half: 38−57, 47−78
Pts: Jaworski 21 Pts: Lucas 30
Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Manny Reynoso (MEX), Obrad Belošević (YUG)
July 4
19:30
Philippines   90–111   Argentina
Scoring by half: 48−59, 42−52
Pts: Adornado 23 Pts: Ghermann 27
Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas
Referees: Hugh Richardson (THA), Henri M'Bahia (CAF)
July 5
19:30
Spain   117–85   Philippines
Scoring by half: 59−41, 58−44
Pts: Brabender 37 Pts: Jaworski 23
Auditorio Pachín Vicéns, Ponce
Referees: Artenik Arabadjan (BUL), Isaac Grinman (BRA)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Cuba 3 3 0 233 218 +15 6 Final round
2   Canada 3 2 1 242 224 +18 5
3   Czechoslovakia 3 1 2 224 228 −4 4 Classification round
4   Australia 3 0 3 232 261 −29 3
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.

Classification roundEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
9   Mexico 5 5 0 482 428 +54 10
10   Czechoslovakia 5 4 1 518 451 +67 9
11   Argentina 5 2 3 517 471 +46 7[a]
12   Australia 5 2 3 466 442 +24 7[a]
13   Philippines 5 2 3 474 517 −43 7[a]
14   Central African Republic 5 0 5 375 523 −148 5
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head record: Argentina 1–1 (1.10 GAvg), Australia 1–1 (1.01 GAvg), Philippines 1–1 (0.91 GAvg)
July 8
21:30
Philippines   101–100   Australia
Scoring by half: 50−50, 51−50
Pts: Adornado 20 Pts: Palubinskas 39
Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas
Referees: Mario Quintero (CUB), Carlos Bagué (ESP)
July 9
21:30
Mexico   101–84   Philippines
Scoring by half: 44−42, 57−42
Pts: Raga 38 Pts: Adornado 17
Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas
Referees: David Davidian (USSR), José Baldrich (PUR)
July 11
11:30
Philippines   112–119   Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 46−59, 66−60
Pts: Arnaiz 25 Pts: Brabenec 29
Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas
Referees: Isaac Grinman (BRA), Obrad Belošević (YUG)
July 12
21:30
Philippines   87–86   Central African Republic
Scoring by half: 41−49, 46−37
Pts: Adornado 22 Pts: Gambor 24
Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas
Referees: Ron Foxcroft (CAN), Manny Reynoso (MEX)

Final roundEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1   Soviet Union (C) 7 6 1 625 509 +116 13[a]
2   Yugoslavia 7 6 1 629 568 +61 13[a]
3   United States 7 6 1 694 587 +107 13[a]
4   Cuba 7 3 4 565 599 −34 10
5   Spain 7 2 5 556 640 −84 9[b]
6   Brazil 7 2 5 522 586 −64 9[b]
7   Puerto Rico (H) 7 2 5 568 620 −52 9[b]
8   Canada 7 1 6 566 616 −50 8
Source: FIBA archive
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal average; 4) head-to-head number of points scored.
(C) Champion; (H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head record: Soviet Union 1–1 (1.05 GAvg), Yugoslavia 1–1 (1.00 GAvg), United States 1–1 (0.96 GAvg)
  2. ^ a b c Head-to-head record: Spain 2–0, Brazil 1–1, Puerto Rico 0–2
12 July
Yugoslavia   102–99 (OT)   Canada
12 July
Cuba   84–75   Spain
13 July
Spain   93–91 (OT)   Brazil
14 July
Cuba   85–80   Brazil

AwardsEdit

 1974 World Championship Winner 
 
Soviet Union
Second title
Most Valuable Player
  Dragan Kićanović

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Record
1   Soviet Union 9–1
2   Yugoslavia 9–1
3   United States 9–1
4   Cuba 6–4
5   Spain 4–6
6   Brazil 4–6
7   Puerto Rico 2–5
8   Canada 3–7
9   Mexico 6–2
10   Czechoslovakia 5–3
11   Argentina 3–5
12   Australia 2–6
13   Philippines 2–6
14   Central African Republic 0–8

All-Tournament TeamEdit

Top scorers (ppg)Edit

  1. Arturo Guerrero (Mexico) 27.0
  2. Manuel Raga (Mexico) 26.1
  3. Eddie Palubinskas (Australia) 24.8
  4. Wayne Brabender (Spain) 23.0
  5. Ernesto Gehrmann (Argentina) 22.3
  6. Luther Burden (United States) 20.2
  7. John Lucas (United States) 20.2
  8. Dragan Kićanović (Yugoslavia) 19.8
  9. Alejandro Urgelles (Cuba) 19.3
  10. William Adornado (Philippines) 18.0

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