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2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men

The FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men 2008 was the final qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympic men's basketball tournament. Organized by FIBA, it took place from 14–20 July 2008 at the OAKA Indoor Sports Arena, in Athens, Greece.[1] The draw for the tournament was held on 31 January 2008 at the Divani Caravel hotel in Athens.[2]

2008 FIBA World Olympic
Qualifying Tournament
For Men
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Tournament details
Host nation Greece
Dates14–20 July
Teams12 
(from 5 federations)
Venues1 
(in 1 host city)
Official website
2012 >
Participating countries in the wildcard tournaments.
  Men
  Men and women
  Women

Through this tournament, the final three qualifying berths for the 2008 Olympics men's basketball competition were determined. A total of 12 teams competed in the 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament from the five FIBA regions, and those 12 teams were based on finishes in each of FIBA’s five zone qualifying tournaments. The FIBA Africa Zone placed two teams (runner-up and third place), the FIBA Americas Zone placed three teams (third place, fourth place and fifth place), the FIBA Asia Zone placed two teams (runner-up and third place), the FIBA Europe Zone placed four teams (fourth place, fifth place, sixth place and seventh place), and FIBA Oceania Zone placed one team (runner-up).

The 12 teams were divided into four groups of three teams each and played a single round robin. The two best placed teams from each group qualified for the quarterfinals, semifinals, finals and consolation games which determined the first three places and thus the teams that qualified for the Olympics.

The twelve participating teams were: Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Slovenia. The three teams that qualified through this tournament—Croatia, Germany and Greece—joined Angola, Argentina, Australia, China, Iran, Lithuania, Russia, Spain and the USA in the Beijing Olympics, and had roughly a month to practice and prepare as the Olympic basketball tournament took place on August 9–24.

Participating nationsEdit

The teams were divided into three pots, corresponding to their continental zones:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

  Cameroon
  Lebanon
  South Korea
  Cape Verde

  Brazil
  Puerto Rico
  Canada
  New Zealand

  Greece
  Germany
  Croatia
  Slovenia

In case a team fails to attend, the next best team from their zone play as their replacements.

SquadsEdit

FormatEdit

  • The teams were divided into four groups (Groups A-D) for the preliminary round.
  • Round robin for the preliminary round; the top two teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinals. The last-placed team in each group was eliminated.
  • A single-elimination tournament was then held; the quarterfinals pairings were:
    • A1 vs. B2
    • B1 vs. A2
    • C1 vs. D2
    • D1 vs. C2
  • The semifinal pairings were A1/B2 vs. C1/D2 and B1/A2 vs. D1/C2. The semifinal winners qualified for the Olympics. No championship game was held.
  • The semifinal losers played for the last Olympic qualifying berth.

Preliminary roundEdit

Qualified for the quarterfinals

Group AEdit

Team Pts. W L PCT PF PA Diff
  Greece 4 2 0 1.000 208 131 +77
  Brazil 3 1 1 .500 163 143 +20
  Lebanon 2 0 2 .000 116 213 -97
July 14
22:00
Greece   119–62   Lebanon
Scoring by quarter: 32-17, 22-10, 32-14, 33-21
July 15
22:00
Lebanon   54–94   Brazil
Scoring by quarter: 8-27, 13-21, 16-25, 17-21
July 16
22:00
Brazil   69–89   Greece
Scoring by quarter: 17-18, 13-22, 20-26, 19-23

Group BEdit

Team Pts. W L PCT PF PA Diff
  Germany 4 2 0 1.000 193 139 +54
  New Zealand 3 1 1 .500 148 139 +9
  Cape Verde 2 0 2 .000 118 181 -63
July 14
13:00
New Zealand   77–50   Cape Verde
Scoring by quarter: 21-4, 21-16, 18-12, 17-18
July 15
15:30
Cape Verde   68–104   Germany
Scoring by quarter: 11-34, 13-25, 16-22, 28-23
July 16
19:30
Germany   89–71   New Zealand
Scoring by quarter: 23-26, 24-7, 21-24, 21-14

Group CEdit

Team Pts. W L PCT PF PA Diff
  Slovenia 4 2 0 1.000 174 146 +28
  Canada 3 1 1 .500 149 163 -14
  South Korea 2 0 2 .000 153 167 -14
July 14
15:30
South Korea   76–88   Slovenia
Scoring by quarter: 17-24, 20-29, 21-16, 18-19
July 15
13:00
Slovenia   86–70   Canada
Scoring by quarter: 27-22, 14-12, 23-15, 22-21
July 16
13:00
Canada   79–77   South Korea
Scoring by quarter: 20-20, 13-29, 26-15, 20-13

Group DEdit

Team Pts. W L PCT PF PA Diff
  Croatia 4 2 0 1.000 188 160 +28
  Puerto Rico 3 1 1 .500 162 167 -5
  Cameroon 2 0 2 .000 151 174 -23
July 14
19:30
Croatia   93–79   Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 19-16, 26-9, 20-28, 28-26
July 15
19:30
Cameroon   72–81   Puerto Rico
Scoring by quarter: 7-22, 22-24, 19-15, 24-20
July 16
15:30
Puerto Rico   81–95   Croatia
Scoring by quarter: 26-14, 14-29, 18-27, 23-25

Knockout stageEdit

Note: Italicized teams qualify for the Olympics.
  Quarterfinals
July 18
Semifinals
July 19
                             
  A1   Greece 75  
B2   New Zealand 48  
  A1   Greece 88  
 
  D2   Puerto Rico 63  
C1   Slovenia 70
  D2   Puerto Rico 81  
      No final – semifinal winners
qualify for the Olympics.
 
  B1   Germany 78  
A2   Brazil 65  
  B1   Germany 70 Third Place Game - July 20
 
  D1   Croatia 76  
D1   Croatia 83   D2   Puerto Rico 82
  C2   Canada 62     B1   Germany 96

QuarterfinalsEdit

July 18
13:00
Croatia   83–62   Canada
Scoring by quarter: 18-16, 18-13, 26-13, 21-20
July 18
15:30
Slovenia   70–81   Puerto Rico
Scoring by quarter: 15-21, 19-13, 18-25, 18-22
July 18
19:30
Germany   78–65   Brazil
Scoring by quarter: 14-13, 31-13, 17-13, 16-26
July 18
22:00
Greece   75–48   New Zealand
Scoring by quarter: 22-12, 15-8, 18-16, 20-12

Semi-finalsEdit

July 19
19:00
Germany   70–76   Croatia
Scoring by quarter: 14-24, 17-12, 17-11, 22-29
July 19
21:30
Greece   88–63   Puerto Rico
Scoring by quarter: 19-11, 29-24, 20-15, 20-13

3rd place matchEdit

July 20
19:30
Germany   96–82   Puerto Rico
Scoring by quarter: 22-23, 26-16, 26-19, 22-24

ReferencesEdit

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