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The 1951 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1951, was the seventh FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe. Eighteen national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) entered the competition, a record number and more than twice the number that had competed two years earlier. The competition was hosted by France, who had taken second place at EuroBasket 1949, behind 1949 hosts Egypt. The Vélodrome d'hiver, Paris was the location of the event.[1]

EuroBasket 1951
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
CityParis
Dates3–12 May
Teams18
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (2nd title)
Runners-up Czechoslovakia
Third place France
Fourth place Bulgaria
Tournament statistics
Games played72
MVPCzechoslovakia Ivan Mrázek
Top scorerCzechoslovakia Ivan Mrázek
(17.1 points per game)
1949
1953

72 matches were held over the course of the tournament, including the three walkovers caused by Romania withdrawing after the competition schedule had been set.

Contents

ResultsEdit

First roundEdit

In the preliminary round, the 18 teams were split up into four groups. Two of the groups had five teams each, with the others having four each. Romania withdrew, leaving 2 groups of 5, 1 group of 4, and 1 group of 3. The top two teams in each group advanced to the quarterfinal round. The seven teams that had placed third and fourth moved into the classification rounds, leaving one more spot in that round two be contested in a head-to-head match between the two fifth-place teams.

Group AEdit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Italy 7 3 1 233 132 +101
2.   France 7 3 1 232 146 +86
3.   Netherlands 7 3 1 172 177 −5
4.    Switzerland 5 1 3 180 214 −34
5.   Luxembourg 4 0 4 114 262 −148
France 49 – 37 Italy
Netherlands 50 – 48 France
France 72 – 26 Luxembourg
France 63 – 33 Switzerland
Italy 53 – 28 Netherlands
Luxembourg 20 – 76 Italy
Italy 67 – 35 Switzerland
Luxembourg 32 – 46 Netherlands
Switzerland 44 – 48 Netherlands
Luxembourg 36 – 68 Switzerland

Group BEdit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Soviet Union 8 4 0 312 117 +195
2.   Turkey 7 3 1 227 154 +73
3.   Finland 6 2 2 175 180 −5
4.   Austria 5 1 3 112 200 −88
5.   Denmark 4 0 4 94 269 −175
Soviet Union 58 – 34 Turkey
Denmark 13 – 109 Soviet Union
Soviet Union 71 – 34 Austria
Finland 36 – 74 Soviet Union
Turkey 83 – 36 Denmark
Austria 18 – 50 Turkey
Turkey 60 – 42 Finland
Denmark 26 – 33 Austria
Finland 44 – 19 Denmark
Austria '27 – 53 Finland

Group CEdit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Bulgaria 6 3 0 147 70 +77
2.   Greece 5 2 1 121 103 +18
3.   Portugal 4 1 2 69 158 −89
4.   Romania (withdrew) 0 0 3 0 6 −6
Greece 38 – 68 Bulgaria
Portugal 35 – 81 Greece
Greece 2 – 0 (w/o) Romania
Bulgaria 77 – 32 Portugal
Bulgaria 2 – 0 (w/o) Romania
Portugal 2 – 0 (w/o) Romania

Group DEdit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Belgium 6 3 0 208 81 +127
2.   Czechoslovakia 5 2 1 203 99 +104
3.   West Germany 4 1 2 117 157 −40
4.   Scotland 3 0 3 68 259 −191
Czechoslovakia 38 – 51 Belgium
Scotland 18 – 103 Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia 62 – 30 West Germany
Belgium 87 – 25 Scotland
West Germany 18 – 70 Belgium
Scotland 25 – 69 West Germany

Elimination gameEdit

The two fifth-placed teams from the preliminary groups, Denmark and Luxembourg, played a single elimination game for the honor of being the eighth team in the consolation round. The game was perhaps the closest in Eurobasket history; it was tied at 45–45 with Peter Tatalls at the free throw line with 5 seconds left. Tatalls made the shot, putting Denmark ahead 46–45. Luxembourg moved the ball up to about half-court before attempting a shot just before time expired. The shot bounced off the rim, eliminating Luxembourg from the tournament and giving Denmark their first win of the tournament as they moved into the classification round to play for 9th–16th places.

Denmark 46 – 45 Luxembourg

Classification round 1Edit

The first classification round was played in two round-robin groups. Teams advanced into the second classification round depending on their results in the first round—first and second place teams played in the 9–12 segment of classification round 2 while third and fourth place teams played for 13th to 16th places.

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Austria 6 3 0 118 102 +16
2.   West Germany 4 1 2 132 129 +3
3.    Switzerland 4 1 2 134 136 −2
4.   Portugal 4 1 2 122 139 −17
West Germany 47 – 39 Portugal
Austria 39 – 37 West Germany
Switzerland 51 – 48 West Germany
Portugal 31 – 43 Austria
Switzerland 49 – 52 Portugal
Switzerland 34 – 36 Austria

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Finland 6 3 0 201 119 +82
2.   Netherlands 5 2 1 162 111 +51
3.   Denmark 4 1 2 99 158 −59
4.   Scotland 3 0 3 101 175 −74
Finland 66 – 52 Netherlands
Scotland 32 – 73 Finland
Denmark 35 – 62 Finland
Netherlands 55 – 28 Scotland
Denmark 17 – 55 Netherlands
Denmark 47 – 41 Scotland

Classification Round 2Edit

13th-16th place classification playoffsEdit

 
13th-16th place semifinals13th place game
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Denmark 46
 
 
 
  Portugal 39
 
  Denmark 22
 
 
 
   Switzerland 54
 
   Switzerland 68
 
 
  Scotland 19
 
15th place game
 
 
 
 
 
  Portugal 49
 
 
  Scotland 42

9th-12th place classification playoffsEdit

 
9th-12th place semifinals9th place game
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Finland 67
 
 
 
  Germany 56
 
  Finland 57
 
 
 
  Netherlands 52
 
  Austria 28
 
 
  Netherlands 44
 
11th place game
 
 
 
 
 
  Germany 49
 
 
  Austria 51

QuarterfinalsEdit

The quarterfinal round was played in two round-robin groups. Teams advanced into the final round depending on their results in the first round—the top two teams advanced to the medals round, while third and fourth ranked teams played for 5th to 8th places.

Group AEdit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   France 5 2 1 149 140 +9
2.   Bulgaria 5 2 1 152 142 +10
3.   Turkey 5 2 1 125 124 +1
4.   Belgium 3 0 3 122 142 −20
Belgium 41 – 51 Bulgaria
Turkey 38 – 32 Belgium
France 53 – 49 Belgium
Bulgaria 52 – 45 Turkey
France 56 – 49 Bulgaria
France 40 – 42 Turkey

Group BEdit

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.   Soviet Union 6 3 0 175 121 +54
2.   Czechoslovakia 5 2 1 157 127 +30
3.   Italy 4 1 2 140 177 −37
4.   Greece 3 0 3 133 180 −47
Soviet Union 60 – 42 Italy
Czechoslovakia 37 – 53 Soviet Union
Greece 42 – 62 Soviet Union
Italy 34 – 66 Czechoslovakia
Greece 51 – 64 Italy
Greece 40 – 54 Czechoslovakia

Final roundEdit

5th-8th place classification playoffsEdit

  5th-8th place semifinals     5th place game
                 
  B3   Italy 48  
  A4   Belgium 36    
      B3   Italy 43
      A3   Turkey 38
  A3   Turkey 42    
  B4   Greece 36   7th place game
 
A4   Belgium 39
  B4   Greece 28

Classification 5–8Edit

Italy 48 – 36 Belgium
Turkey 42 – 36 Greece
Classification 7/8Edit
Belgium 39 – 28 Greece
Classification 5/6Edit
Italy 43 – 38 Turkey

Medal Round: BracketEdit

  Semifinals     EuroBasket Final
                 
  A1   France 50  
  B2   Czechoslovakia 59    
      B2   Czechoslovakia 44
      B1   Soviet Union 45
  B1   Soviet Union 72    
  A2   Bulgaria 54   Bronze Medal Game
 
A1   France 55
  A2   Bulgaria 52

SemifinalsEdit

France 50 – 59 Czechoslovakia
Soviet Union 72 – 54 Bulgaria
Bronze medal matchEdit
France 55 – 52 Bulgaria
ChampionshipEdit
Czechoslovakia 44 – 45 Soviet Union


 1951 FIBA EuroBasket Champions 
 
Soviet Union
2nd title

Final rankingsEdit

Team rostersEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit