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Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics

Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics was the fifth appearance of the sport of basketball as an official Olympic medal event. 16 nations were admitted into the Olympic tournament, with many others being eliminated in a pre-Olympic tournament held earlier in the year from 13 to 20 August 1960 at the Land Rover Arena at Bologna. 64 games of basketball were played in the Olympic tournament that was held at the Palazzetto dello Sport and PalaLottomatica, both in Rome.[1]

5th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Rome 1960
Tournament details
Olympics1960 Summer Olympics
Host nationItaly
CityRome
DurationAugust 26 – September 10
Men's tournament
Teams16
Medals
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists Soviet Union
3 Bronze medalists  Brazil
Tournaments
← Melbourne 1956  Tokyo 1964 →

The 16 teams were split up into four groups for the preliminary round. Each team played every other team in its group once. The top two teams in each group advanced to the semifinals in two pools of four, while the lower two teams were sent to a consolation semifinal for 9th through 16th place.

In the semifinal, each team again played every other team in its pool, none of which it had played against previously. The top two teams in each of the two semifinals moved on to the final, with the lower two teams in each playing in a classification for 5th through 8th place. The consolation semifinal worked the same way, with the top two teams moving into a classification for 9th through 12th place and the lower two playing in classification for 13th through 16th places.

For the final, each of the four teams had already played against one of the other three in the semifinal. The results of those games carried over into the final and each team played the remaining two finalists once (even though the teams may have played each other in the preliminary round, those results were not carried over). The results of that pool determined final ranking. Each of the classifications worked identically to the final.

MedalistsEdit

Pre-Olympic QualifierEdit

Five teams were given a spot in the 1960 Olympic Games via a tournament held in August:

SquadsEdit

ResultsEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  United States 3 3 0 320 183 +137 6
  Italy 3 2 1 226 247 −21 5
  Hungary 3 1 2 223 245 −22 4
  Japan 3 0 3 224 318 −94 3
August 26
9:00
Hungary   93–66   Japan
Scoring by half: 43–28, 53–38
Pts: Bencze (25) Pts: Ohshima (14)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: J. Sanchez Padilla  
S. Siniakov  
August 26
21:30
United States   88–54   Italy
Scoring by half: 42–17, 46–37
Pts: Smith (18) Pts: Lombardi (17)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: R. Weber  
B. Takev  
August 27
16:00
United States   125–66   Japan
Scoring by half: 65–36, 60–30
Pts: Lucas (28) Pts: Shoji (13)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: R. Righetto  
B. Harvey  
August 27
23:00
Italy   72–67   Hungary
Scoring by half: 40–37, 32–30
Pts: Pieri (15) Pts: Gabányi (15)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: K. Klima  
J. Sanchez Padilla  
August 29
9:00
United States   107–63   Hungary
Scoring by half: 48–34, 59–29
Pts: Robertson (22) Pts: Bánhegyi, Temesvári (22)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: R. Weber  
Azuar  
August 29
17:30
Japan   92–100   Italy
Scoring by half: 43–59, 49–41
Pts: Riminucci, Gavagnin (16) Pts: Suigyama, Nara (12)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: N. Charganov  
Bilek  

Group BEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Czechoslovakia 3 2 1 201 192 +9 5
  Yugoslavia 3 2 1 193 199 −6 5
  France 3 1 2 187 190 −3 4
  Bulgaria 3 1 2 209 209 0 4
August 26
16:00
Bulgaria   62–67   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 30–35, 32–32
Pts: Mirtchev (14) Pts: Djuric (23)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: E. Alvarez Frausto  
C. Sien  
August 26
17:30
France   53–56   Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 22–26, 31–30
Pts: Dorigo (17) Pts: Tomasek (16)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: R. Righetto  
N. Charganov  
August 27
9:00
France   61–62   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 35–32, 26–30
Pts: Dorigo (15) Pts: Korac (23)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: N. Charganov  
P. Reverberi  
August 27
10:30
Czechoslovakia   69–75   Bulgaria
Scoring by half: 43–39, 26–36
Pts: Pieri (15) Pts: Gabanyi (15)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: R. Weber  
S. Siniakov  
August 29
10:30
Yugoslavia   64–76   Czechoslovakia
Scoring by half: 35–40, 29–36
Pts: Korac (25) Pts: Baumruk (27)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: G. Sussi  
S. Siniakov  
August 29
20:00
France   73–72   Bulgaria
Scoring by half: 32–30, 41–42
Pts: Grange (21) Pts: Mirtchev (22)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: D. Shirley  
Bilek  

Group CEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Brazil 3 3 0 213 198 +15 6
  Soviet Union 3 2 1 220 170 +50 5
  Mexico 3 1 2 189 210 −21 4
  Puerto Rico 3 0 3 199 243 −44 3
August 26
10:30
Soviet Union   66–49   Mexico
Scoring by half: 28–17, 38–32
Pts: Valdman (13) Pts: Almanza (15)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: G. Follati  
T. Hata  
August 26
20:00
Puerto Rico   72–75   Brazil
Scoring by half: 35–33, 37–42
Pts: Walle (22) Pts: Pasos (18)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: P. Reverberi  
K. Klima  
August 27
14:30
Mexico   68–64   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 34–26, 34–38
Pts: A. Herrera (27) Pts: Vicens (15)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: G. Sussi  
B. Takev  
August 27
21:30
Soviet Union   54–58   Brazil
Scoring by half: 23–28, 31–30
Pts: Blatskauskas, Pasos (14) Pts: Muzhniek (14)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: D. Shirley  
E. Kassai  
August 29
21:30
Brazil   80–72 ()   Mexico
Scoring by half: 29–32, 32–29 Overtime: 19–11
Pts: Pasos (19) Pts: A. Herrera (22)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: E. Luglini  
C. Sien  
August 29
23:00
Soviet Union   100–63   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 36–29, 64–35
Pts: Korneev (18) Pts: Vicens (14)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: P. Reverberi  
Skyloyannis  

Group DEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Uruguay 3 2 1 228 225 +3 5
  Poland 3 2 1 233 207 +26 5
  Philippines 3 1 2 228 248 −20 4
  Spain 3 1 2 222 231 −9 4
August 26
14:30
Philippines   68–86   Poland
Scoring by half: 31–44, 37–42
Pts: Badion (17) Pts: Nartowski (29)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: V. Pinto  
E. Kassai  
August 26
23:00
Uruguay   72–77   Spain
Scoring by half: 30–41, 42–36
Pts: Mera (16) Pts: E. Rodriguez (18)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: D. Shirley  
G. Sussi  
August 27
17:30
Spain   82–84   Philippines
Scoring by half: 33–35, 49–49
Pts: Luis (20) Pts: Yburan (16)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: G. Follati  
M. Minic  
August 27
20:00
Uruguay   76–72   Poland
Scoring by half: 39–38, 37–34
Pts: Poyet (15) Pts: Wichowski (29)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: E. Alvarez Frausto  
E. Luglini  
August 29
14:30
Uruguay   80–76   Philippines
Scoring by half: 38–37, 42–39
Pts: Blixen (23) Pts: Bernardo (29)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: E. Luglini  
C. Sien  
August 29
16:00
Poland   100–63   Spain
Scoring by half: 36–29, 64–35
Pts: Korneev (18) Pts: Vicens (14)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: E. Kassai  
V. Pinto  

Classification 9–16Edit

Pool CEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Hungary 3 3 0 167 150 +17 6
  Philippines 3 2 1 154 161 −7 5
  Puerto Rico 3 1 2 162 166 −4 4
  Bulgaria 3 0 3 0 6 −6 0
September 1
14:30
Hungary   2–0 (forfeit)   Bulgaria
September 1
16:00
Philippines   82–80   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 41–42, 41–38
Pts: Ortiz (21) Pts: Valle (28)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: G. Follati  
M. Minic  
September 2
9:00
Hungary   84–80 ()   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 39–37, 35–37 Overtime: 10–6
Pts: Gabányi (23) Pts: Vicens (28)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: G. Sussi  
Nikou  
September 2
10:30
Bulgaria   0–2 (forfeit)   Philippines
September 3
14:30
Puerto Rico   2–0 (forfeit)   Bulgaria
September 3
16:00
Hungary   81–70   Philippines
Scoring by half: 35–28, 46–42
Pts: Gabányi (25) Pts: Ortiz (16)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: R. Righetto  
E. Luglini  

Pool DEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  France 3 3 0 270 173 +97 6
  Mexico 3 2 1 218 214 +4 5
  Spain 3 1 2 180 222 −42 4
  Japan 3 0 3 184 243 −59 3
September 1
9:00
Spain   66–80   Mexico
Scoring by half: 32–31, 44–49
Pts: E. Rodriguez (22) Pts: Almanza (28)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: K. Klima  
J. Sanchez Padilla  
September 1
10:30
France   101–63   Japan
Scoring by half: 34–30, 67–33
Pts: Beugnot (23) Pts: Itoyama, Sugiyama (10)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: R. Righetto  
E. Luglini  
September 2
14:30
Japan   57–76   Mexico
Scoring by half: 30–34, 27–43
Pts: Itoyama (12) Pts: Almanza (21)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: P. Reverberi  
N. Charganov  
September 2
16:00
France   78–48   Spain
Scoring by half: 39–18, 39–30
Pts: Beugnot (18) Pts: Martinez (24)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: G. Follati  
S. Siniakov  
September 3
9:00
Spain   66–64   Japan
Scoring by half: 32–34, 34–30
Pts: E. Rodriguez (24) Pts: Nara (15)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: V. Pinto  
N. Charganov  
September 3
10:00
France   91–62   Mexico
Scoring by half: 41–33, 50–29
Pts: Antoine, Dorigo (19) Pts: Almanza (17)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: J. Sanchez Padilla  
P. Reverberi  

Classification 13–16Edit

  • Spain's victory over Japan carried over, as did Puerto Rico's win in Bulgaria's forfeit.
Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Puerto Rico 3 3 0 168 138 +30 6
  Spain 3 2 1 131 139 −8 5
  Japan 3 1 2 137 159 −22 4
September 7
10:00
Puerto Rico   75–65   Spain
Scoring by half: 39–27, 36–38
Pts: Walle (23) Pts: Martinez (23)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: K. Klima  
C. Sien  
September 9
10:00
Puerto Rico   93–73   Japan
Scoring by half: 46–32, 47–41
Pts: T. Cruz (23) Pts: Shoji (16)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: E. Luglini  
E. Kassai  

Classification 9–12Edit

France's victory over Mexico and Hungary's over the Philippines carried over.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Hungary 3 2 1 212 209 +3 5
  France 3 2 1 283 211 +72 5
  Philippines 3 1 2 210 267 −57 4
  Mexico 3 1 2 195 213 −18 4
September 8
10:00
Hungary   57–69   Mexico
Scoring by half: 28–39, 29–30
Pts: Gabányi (16) Pts: Almanza (27)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: V. Pinto  
Perazzo  
September 8
11:30
France   122–75   Philippines
Scoring by half: 59–32, 63–43
Pts: Dorigo (23) Pts: Ortiz (16)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: P. Reverberi  
N. Charganov  
September 10
10:00
Philippines   65–64   Mexico
Scoring by half: 37–31, 28–33
Pts: Bernardo (26) Pts: Almanza (26)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: J. Sanchez Padilla  
Harvey  
September 10
11:30
Hungary   74–70   France
Scoring by half: 40–28, 34–42
Pts: Gabányi (21) Pts: Beugnot (16)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: M. Minic  
Saltiel  

SemifinalsEdit

Advance to the championship round
Relegated to 5th-8th place classification playoffs

Pool AEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Brazil 3 3 0 240 221 +19 6
  Italy 3 2 1 226 216 −10 5
  Czechoslovakia 3 1 2 236 237 −1 4
  Poland 3 0 3 211 239 −28 3
September 1
21:30
Brazil   78–75 (OT)   Italy
Scoring by half: 29–39, 41–31 Overtime: 8–5
Pts: Marques, Pasos (18) Pts: Alesini (18)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: R. Klima  
B. Takev  
September 1
23:00
Czechoslovakia   88–75   Poland
Scoring by half: 44–30, 44–45
Pts: Baumruk (18) Pts: Wichowski (24)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: E. Kassai  
Aznar  
September 2
20:00
Brazil   77–68   Poland
Scoring by half: 39–46, 38–22
Pts: Baumruk, Konecny (18) Pts: Wichowski (24)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: B. Takev  
Harvey  
September 2
23:00
Czechoslovakia   70–77   Italy
Scoring by half: 34–37, 36–40
Pts: Tomasek (14) Pts: Alesini (12)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: Skyloyannis  
Bilek  
September 3
20:00
Italy   74–68   Poland
Scoring by half: 40–32, 34–36
Pts: Alesini (12) Pts: Wichowski (16)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: Bilek  
T. Hata  
September 3
21:30
Czechoslovakia   78–85   Brazil
Scoring by half: 30–43, 48–42
Pts: Baumruk (23) Pts: Pasos (25)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: E. Alvarez Frausto  
E. Kassai  

Pool BEdit

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  United States 3 3 0 293 149 +144 6
  Soviet Union 3 2 1 234 195 +39 5
  Yugoslavia 3 1 2 197 275 −78 4
  Uruguay 3 0 3 186 291 −105 3
September 1
17:30
Yugoslavia   42–104   United States
Scoring by half: 16–63, 26–41
Pts: Korac (16) Pts: Robertson (16)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: E. Alvarez Frausto  
T. Hata  
September 1
20:00
Uruguay   53–89   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 22–42, 31–47
Pts: Scaron (11) Pts: Ugrekhilidze (16)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: Skyloyannis  
Bilek  
September 2
17:30
Soviet Union   88–61   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 44–30, 44–31
Pts: Semenov (19) Pts: Petricevic (11)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: P. Reverberi  
N. Charganov  
September 2
21:30
Uruguay   50–108   United States
Scoring by half: 19–65, 31–43
Pts: Chelle (12) Pts: Smith (15)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: E. Alvarez Frausto  
C. Sien  
September 3
17:30
Uruguay   83–94   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 35–43, 48–51
Pts: Blixen (21) Pts: Korac (38)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: V. Pinto  
N. Charganov  
September 3
23:00
United States   81–57   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 35–28, 46–29
Pts: West (19) Pts: Zubkov (13)
Palazzetto dello sport, Rome
Referees: R. Weber  
B. Takev  

Classification 5–8Edit

Czechoslovakia's victory over Poland and Yugoslavia's win over Uruguay carried over to this round.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  Czechoslovakia 3 3 0 284 240 +44 6
  Yugoslavia 3 2 1 282 262 +20 5
  Poland 3 1 2 220 245 −25 4
  Uruguay 3 0 3 217 256 −39 3
September 7
21:00
Czechoslovakia   98–72   Uruguay
Scoring by half: 42–36, 56–36
Pts: Baumruk (28) Pts: Blixen (25)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: G. Sussi  
T. Hata  
September 7
23:30
Yugoslavia   95–81   Poland
Scoring by half: 55–44, 40–37
Pts: Korac (33) Pts: Wichowski (24)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: R. Righetto  
G. Follati  
September 9
21:00
Poland   64–62   Uruguay
Scoring by half: 35–31, 29–31
Pts: Sitkowski (14) Pts: Blixen (18)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: R. Weber  
B. Takev  
September 9
22:30
Czechoslovakia   98–93   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 38–45, 60–48
Pts: Baumruk (32) Pts: Korac (29)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: R. Righetto  
N. Charganov  

Championship RoundEdit

The United States' win over the Soviet Union and Brazil's victory over Italy carried over.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
  United States 3 3 0 283 201 +82 6
  Soviet Union 3 2 1 199 213 −14 5
  Brazil 3 1 2 203 229 −26 4
  Italy 3 0 3 226 268 −42 3
September 8
21:00
Brazil   62–64   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 32–28, 30–36
Pts: Marques (25) Pts: Voljnov (19)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: R. Weber  
Bilek  
September 8
22:30
United States   112–81   Italy
Scoring by half: 56–48, 56–33
Pts: Robertson (22) Pts: Lombardi (23)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: J. Sanchez Padilla  
M. Minic  
September 10
21:00
Italy   70–78   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 32–34, 38–44
Pts: Alesini (19) Pts: Petrov (20)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: K. Klima  
Skyloyannis  
September 10
22:30
Brazil   63–90   United States
Scoring by half: 24–50, 39–40
Pts: Marques (19) Pts: Lucas (23)
Palazzo dello Sport, Rome
Referees: E. Alvarez Frausto  
E. Kassai  

AwardsEdit

1960 Olympic Basketball Champions
 
United States
Fifth title

Final rankingEdit

ReferencesEdit