Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's tournament in basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, began on 17 September and ended on 30 September. It was the last Olympic basketball tournament in which NBA players were not allowed to participate. Although professionals from other leagues were allowed to compete, since players from other leagues were still considered amateurs. This was also the last Olympic men's basketball tournament in which the Soviets fielded a team, as the USSR dissolved prior to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
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Tournament details
Host countrySouth Korea
CitySeoul
Dates17–30 September
Teams12 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (2nd title)
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place United States
Fourth place Australia
Tournament statistics
Games played46
Top scorerBrazil Oscar Schmidt
(42.3 points per game)

The Soviet Union won their second gold medal, after defeating Yugoslavia, 76–63, in the gold medal match.

Competition scheduleEdit

G Group stage ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals C Classification matches B Bronze medal match F Final
Sat 17 Sun 18 Mon 19 Tue 20 Wed 21 Thu 22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30
G G G G G G C ¼ C ½ C B C F

QualificationEdit

A NOC could enter one men's team with 12 players. Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country and the winners from the previous edition. The remaining teams were decided by the continental championships in Asia, Oceania, Africa and Americas and European qualifying tournament. Champions of Asia and Oceania, top two teams from Africa and top three from Americas earned direct qualification. Last three berths are allocated from European qualifying tournament, held in Netherlands.

Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
1984 Summer Olympics 29 July – 10 August 1984   Los Angeles 1   United States
Host nation 1   South Korea
1987 FIBA Oceania Championship 31 August – 4 September 1987   Timaru
  Christchurch
1   Australia
FIBA Africa Championship 1987 17–27 December 1987   Tunis 2   Central African Republic
  Egypt
1988 Tournament of the Americas 22–31 May 1988   Montevideo 3   Brazil
  Puerto Rico
  Canada
European qualifying tournament July 1988   Netherlands 3   Soviet Union
  Yugoslavia
  Spain
1987 ABC Championship 14–27 November 1987   Bangkok 1   China
Total 12

SquadsEdit

Each NOC was limited to one team per tournament. Each team had a roster of twelve players.

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Yugoslavia 5 4 1 468 384 +84 9 Quarter-finals
2   Soviet Union 5 4 1 460 393 +67 9
3   Australia 5 3 2 429 408 +21 8
4   Puerto Rico 5 3 2 382 387 −5 8
5   Central African Republic 5 1 4 346 436 −90 6
6   South Korea 5 0 5 384 461 −77 5
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.


September 18
Australia   81–77   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 50–36, 31–41
18 September 1988
Central African Republic   73–70   South Korea
Scoring by half: 47–30, 26–40
18 September 1988
Soviet Union   79–92   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 33–39, 46–53
20 September 1988
South Korea   74–79   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 30–38, 44–41
20 September 1988
Central African Republic   79–92   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 33–39, 46–53
September 20
Australia   69–91   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 35–53, 34–38
21 September 1988
South Korea   92–104   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 46–48, 46–56
September 21
Puerto Rico   81–93 (OT)   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 39–37, 37–39 Overtime: 5–17
September 21
Australia   106–67   Central African Republic
Scoring by half: 57–35, 49–32
September 23
Central African Republic   67–71   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 41–27, 26–34
23 September 1988
South Korea   73–110   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 38–59, 35–51
23 September 1988
Australia   78–98   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 43–52, 35–46
24 September 1988
Australia   95–75   South Korea
Scoring by half: 51–39, 44–36
September 24
Central African Republic   78–87   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 31–40, 47–47
24 September 1988
Puerto Rico   74–72   Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 36–37, 38–35

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   United States 5 5 0 485 302 +183 10 Quarter-finals
2   Spain 5 4 1 484 435 +49 9
3   Brazil 5 3 2 590 522 +68 8
4   Canada 5 2 3 479 455 +24 7
5   China 5 1 4 433 527 −94 6
6   Egypt 5 0 5 338 568 −230 5
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.


September 17
China   98–84   Egypt
Scoring by half: 47–43, 51–41
17 September 1988
Brazil   125–109   Canada
Scoring by half: 56–45, 69–64
18 September 1988
Spain   53–97   United States
Scoring by half: 32–48, 21–49
20 September 1988
Brazil   130–108   China
Scoring by half: 72–61, 58–47
20 September 1988
Canada   70–76   United States
Scoring by half: 42–40, 28–36
September 20
Egypt   70–113   Spain
Scoring by half: 44–57, 26–56
21 September 1988
Brazil   87–102   United States
Scoring by half: 55–63, 32–39
September 21
Canada   117–64   Egypt
Scoring by half: 61–32, 56–32
September 21
China   74–106   Spain
Scoring by half: 43–59, 31–57
September 23
Canada   84–94   Spain
Scoring by half: 51–45, 33–49
23 September 1988
Brazil   138–85   Egypt
Scoring by half: 66–38, 72–47
23 September 1988
China   57–108   United States
Scoring by half: 26–59, 31–49
September 24
Canada   99–96   China
Scoring by half: 56–52, 43–44
24 September 1988
Egypt   35–102   United States
Scoring by half: 21–62, 14–40
24 September 1988
Brazil   110–118   Spain
Scoring by half: 57–61, 53–57

Knockout stageEdit

Championship bracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
September 26
 
 
(A1)   Yugoslavia95
 
September 28
 
(B4)   Canada73
 
(A1)   Yugoslavia91
 
September 26
 
(A3)   Australia70
 
(B2)   Spain74
 
September 30
 
(A3)   Australia77
 
(A1)   Yugoslavia63
 
September 26
 
(A2)   Soviet Union76
 
(B1)   United States94
 
September 28
 
(A4)   Puerto Rico57
 
(B1)   United States76
 
September 26
 
(A2)   Soviet Union82 Bronze medal match
 
(A2)   Soviet Union110
 
September 29
 
(B3)   Brazil105
 
(A3)   Australia49
 
 
(B1)   United States78
 

QuarterfinalsEdit

26 September 1988 (1988-09-26)
21:30
Yugoslavia   95–73   Canada
Scoring by half: 40–26, 55–47
Pts: Divac 17
Rebs: Vranković 9
Asts: Cvjetićanin, Divac, Petrović 2
Pts: Walton 17
Rebs: Mungar, Walton 7
Asts: Hatch 2
26 September 1988 (1988-09-26)
16:30
Spain   74–77   Australia
Scoring by half: 40–41, 34–36
Pts: San Epifanio 17
Rebs: Martínez, Jiménez 7
Asts: Montero 3
Pts: Gaze 28
Rebs: Sengstock 5
Asts: 4 players 1
26 September 1988
11:45
United States   94–57   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 48–28, 46–29
Pts: Manning 18
Rebs: Manning 7
Asts: C.D. Smith 3
Pts: Cruz 12
Rebs: Mincy 8
Asts: Cruz 4
26 September 1988
19:30
Soviet Union   110–105   Brazil
Scoring by half: 53–58, 57–47
Pts: Kurtinaitis 24
Rebs: Sabonis 9
Asts: Sabonis, Tarakanov, Volkov 2
Pts: Schmidt 46
Rebs: Israel 11
Asts: Maury 5

SemifinalsEdit

28 September 1988 (1988-09-28)

Yugoslavia   91–70   Australia
Scoring by half: 44–31, 47–39
Pts: Petrović 24
Rebs: Divac 10
Asts: Petrović 3
Pts: Gaze 27
Rebs: Borner, Vlahov 4
Asts: Sengstock 4
28 September 1988 (1988-09-28)
12:00
United States   76–82   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 37–47, 39–35
Pts: Robinson 19
Rebs: Robinson 12
Asts: Coles 2
Pts: Kurtinaitis 28
Rebs: Sabonis 13
Asts: Volkov 5

Bronze medal gameEdit

29 September 1998 (1998-09-29)
21:30
Australia   49–78   United States
Scoring by half: 29–52, 20–26
Pts: Gaze 17
Rebs: Sengstock 6
Asts: Smyth 2
Pts: Majerle, Richmond, Robinson 12
Rebs: Richmond, Robinson 7
Asts: Richmond 2

Gold medal gameEdit

30 September 1998 (1998-09-30)

Yugoslavia   63–76   Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 28–31, 35–45
Pts: Petrović 24
Rebs: Divac 7
Asts: Petrović 4
Pts: Marčiulionis 21
Rebs: Sabonis 15
Asts: Marčiulionis 6

Classification roundEdit

5th–8th Place

  September 28     5th place (September 30)
                 
  B3   Brazil 104  
  A4   Puerto Rico 86    
      B3   Brazil 106
      B4   Canada 90
  B4   Canada 96    
  B2   Spain 91   7th place (September 29)
 
A4   Puerto Rico 93
  B2   Spain 92

9th–12th Place

  September 26     9th place (September 29)
                 
  A5   Central Afr. Rep. 63  
  B6   Egypt 57    
      A5   Central Afr. Rep. 81
      A6   South Korea 89
  B5   China 90    
  A6   South Korea 93   11th place (September 29)
 
B6   Egypt 75
  B5   China 97
Classification 5–8 semifinals
28 September 1988
9:45
Brazil   104–86   Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 51–39, 53–47
Pts: Schmidt 46
Rebs: Schmidt 9
Asts: Guerrinha 7
Pts: E. de León 19
Rebs: E. de León 10
Asts: Cruz 2
28 September 1998 (1998-09-28)
14:30
Canada   96–91   Spain
Scoring by half: 41–42, 55–49
Pts: Triano 27
Rebs: Raffin 8
Asts: Raffin 4
Pts: Jiménez 16
Rebs: Jiménez 6
Asts: Solozábal 5
Classification 7–8
29 September 1988
19:30
Puerto Rico   93–92   Spain
Scoring by half: 47–45, 46–47
Pts: Morales 25
Rebs: Ortíz, Mincy 8
Asts: Ortíz 4
Pts: Jiménez 31
Rebs: Jiménez 8
Asts: Solozábal 6
Classification 5–6
30 September 1988
09:45
Brazil   106–90   Canada
Scoring by half: 43–39, 63–51
Pts: Schmidt 41
Rebs: Pipoka 17
Asts: Villas Boas, Schmidt 2
Pts: Triano 29
Rebs: Hatch 10
Asts: Yearwood 3
Classification 9–12 semifinals
26 September 1998 (1998-09-26)
09:45
Central African Republic   63–57   Egypt
Scoring by half: 33–31, 30–26
Pts: F. Goporo, Bella 15
Rebs: Lavodrama 16
Asts: Lavodrama 7
Pts: Khalil 17
Rebs: Khalil 8
Asts: Amir 4
26 September 1988
09:45
China   90–93   South Korea
Scoring by half: 48–47, 42–46
Pts: Li 22
Rebs: Wang L. 7
Asts: Li 2
Pts: Kim HJ 17
Rebs: Kim YT 12
Asts: Kim HJ, Kim YT, Yoo 2
Classification 11–12
29 September 1998 (1998-09-29)
14:30
Egypt   75–97   China
Scoring by half: 42–56, 33–41
Pts: Khalil 26
Rebs: Moussa 6
Asts: Moussa, Sedky 1
Pts: Zhang Y. 33
Rebs: Song 12
Asts: Sun, Wang L., Zhang Y. 3
Classification 9–10
29 September 1988
16:30
Central African Republic   81–89   South Korea
Scoring by half: 41–43, 40–46
Pts: Lavodrama 14
Rebs: Lavodrama 12
Asts: Kotta 3
Pts: Lee CH 31
Rebs: Lee MK 8
Asts: Kim HJ 6

AwardsEdit

1988 Olympic Basketball Champions
 
Soviet Union
Second title

Final rankingEdit

Rankings are determined by classification games:

Rank Team Pld W L PF PA PD
Gold medal game participants
    Soviet Union 8 7 1
    Yugoslavia 8 6 2
Bronze medal game participants
    United States 8 7 1
4th   Australia 8 4 4
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th   Brazil 8 5 3
6th   Canada 8 3 5
7th   Puerto Rico 8 4 4
8th   Spain 8 4 4
Eliminated at the preliminary round
9th   South Korea 7 2 5
10th   Central African Republic 7 2 5
11th   China 7 2 5
12th   Egypt 7 0 7

ReferencesEdit