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The 1946 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1946, was the fourth FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe and the first since 1939 due to World War II. Ten national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) took part in the competition. Switzerland hosted the tournament for a second time, as the championship returned to Geneva.

EuroBasket 1946
Tournament details
Host countrySwitzerland
CityGeneva
Dates30 April – 4 May
Teams10
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Czechoslovakia (1st title)
Runners-up Italy
Third place Hungary
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
MVPHungary François Németh
Top scorerPoland Pawel Stok
(12.6 points per game)
1941
1947

EuroBasket 1946 saw the beginning of the use of the jump shot, pioneered by Italy's Giuseppe Stefanini.

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ResultsEdit

The 1946 competition consisted of a preliminary round, with one group of four teams and two groups of three teams each. Each team played the other teams in its group once. The top team in each of the groups of three and the top two teams in the group of four played in the semifinals for the top four rankings; the middle teams in the two groups of three moved directly on to the final round for a 5th/6th place playoff; the bottom team in each group of three and the two bottom teams in the group of four played in semifinals for the 7th–10th ranks.

First roundEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Italy 3 3 0 152 71 +81 6 Semifinal
2   Hungary 3 2 1 113 70 +43 5
3   Poland 3 1 2 91 102 −11 4 Classification 7–10
4   Luxembourg 3 0 3 53 166 −113 3
Poland 45 – 28 Luxembourg
Italy 39 – 31 Hungary
Luxembourg 10 – 48 Hungary
Poland 25 – 40 Italy
Italy 73 – 15 Luxembourg
Poland 21 – 34 Hungary

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   France 2 2 0 112 29 +83 4 Semifinal
2   Netherlands 2 1 1 66 74 −8 3 Classification 5–6
3   England 2 0 2 38 113 −75 2 Classification 7–10
England 27 – 48 Netherlands
England 11 – 65 France
France 47 – 18 Netherlands

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Czechoslovakia 2 2 0 58 50 +8 4 Semifinal
2    Switzerland 2 1 1 50 43 +7 3 Classification 5–6
3   Belgium 2 0 2 56 71 −15 2 Classification 7–10
Czechoslovakia 20 – 17 Switzerland
Belgium 23 – 33 Switzerland
Belgium 33 – 38 Czechoslovakia

Final roundEdit

The middle team of each of the groups of three did not compete in the final round, as they advanced directly to the 5th/6th place playoff. The top team of each of those groups played one of the top two teams of the group of four, with rankings 1st–4th at stake. Similarly, the bottom team in each group of three played one of the two lower teams in the group of four in a semifinal for 7th–10th places.

BracketsEdit

Classification 7–10Edit

 
Classification semi-finalsSeventh place match
 
      
 
 
 
 
  England27
 
 
 
  Luxembourg50
 
  Luxembourg
 
 
 
  Belgium
 
  Poland22
 
 
  Belgium39
 
Ninth place match
 
 
 
 
 
  England
 
 
  Poland

Classification 5th–6thEdit

 
Fifth place match
 
  
 
 
 
 
  Netherlands
 
 
   Switzerland
 
England 27 – 50 Luxembourg
Poland 22 – 39 Belgium

Upper bracketEdit

Czechoslovakia 42 – 28 Hungary
Italy 37 – 25 France

Final classification matchesEdit

In this stage, all teams played their penultimate games to determine the final rankings.

9th/10th place:

England 22 – 50 Poland

7th/8th place:

Belgium 42 – 11 Luxembourg

5th/6th place:

Netherlands 25 – 36 Switzerland

3rd/4th place:

Hungary 38 – 32 France

Championship:

Czechoslovakia 34 – 32 Italy


 1946 FIBA EuroBasket Champions 
 
Czechoslovakia
1st title

Final rankingsEdit

Team rostersEdit

External linksEdit