1963 FIBA World Championship

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1963 FIBA World Championship
4th FIBA World Championship
Tournament details
Host nation Brazil
Dates May 12–25
Teams 13
Champions  Brazil (2nd title)
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Peru Ricardo Duarte (23.1)  United States (83.8)
1959
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The 1963 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Brazil. The Philippines was originally suppose to host the tournament with games planned to be held at the 30,000 seat Big Dome in Manila but was revoked of hosting rights after Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia and other communist countries to enter the country. Brazil being the defending Champion and a previous host, fairly manage to re-host the Championship from May 11 to 23, 1963 in Rio de Janeiro and won the 1st back to back title with just six (6) games by seeding the well rested host team in the final round only.

Competing nations[edit]

Event Date Location Berths Qualified
Original Host nation 0  Philippines
1959 FIBA World Championship/Host nation 16-31 January 1959 Chile Chile 1  Brazil
1960 Summer Olympics 26 August–10 September 1960 Italy Rome 1  United States
EuroBasket 1961 29 April–8 May 1961 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Beograd 3  Soviet Union
 Yugoslavia
 France
South American Basketball Championship 1961 20–30 April 1961 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 3  Peru
 Uruguay
 Argentina
Wild cards 5  Canada
 Mexico
 Puerto Rico
 Italy
 Japan

Suspension[edit]

  • FIBA suspended the original host country Philippines after Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia and other communist countries to enter the host country. Brazil being the defending Champion and a previous host, fairly manage to re-host the Championship. Later, the Philippines, despite being the Asian champion, was forced to play in a pre-Olympic tournament in order to qualify in the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Competition format[edit]

  • Preliminary round: Three groups of four teams play each other once; top two teams progress to the final round, bottom two teams relegated to classification round.
  • Classification round: All bottom two teams from preliminary round group play each other once. The team with the best record is ranked eighth; the worst is ranked 13th.
  • Final round: All top two teams from preliminary round group, the 1960 Olympic champion, and the host team play each other once. The team with the best record wins the championship.

Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the final round

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 3 0 222 177 +45 6
 France 3 2 1 200 181 +19 5
 Uruguay 3 1 2 195 214 −19 4
 Canada 3 0 3 158 203 −45 3
France  64–54  Uruguay
Soviet Union  58–45  Canada
Canada  56–66  Uruguay
France  57–70  Soviet Union
Canada  57–79  France
Uruguay  75–94  Soviet Union

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Yugoslavia 3 3 0 262 208 +54 6
 Puerto Rico 3 2 1 234 212 +22 5
 Japan 3 1 2 198 231 −33 4
 Peru 3 0 3 181 224 −43 3
12 May
Yugoslavia  84–67  Peru
12 May
Puerto Rico  86–45  Japan
13 May
Puerto Rico  70–64  Peru
13 May
Japan  63–95  Yugoslavia
14 May
Peru  50–70  Japan
14 May
Puerto Rico  78–83  Yugoslavia

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 3 3 0 256 202 +54 6
 Italy 3 2 1 258 242 +16 5
 Mexico 3 1 2 240 260 −20 4
 Argentina 3 0 3 206 256 −50 3
12 May
United States  88–74  Mexico
12 May
Italy  91–73  Argentina
13 May
Mexico  82–90  Italy
13 May
Argentina  51–81  United States
14 May
Mexico  84–82  Argentina
14 May
United States  87–77  Italy

Classification round[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Argentina 5 4 1 449 414 +35 9
 Mexico 5 3 2 389 364 +25 8
 Uruguay 5 3 2 376 372 +4 8
 Canada 5 3 2 365 375 −10 8
 Peru 5 2 3 362 367 −5 7
 Japan 5 0 5 377 426 −49 5
16 May
Argentina  88–86  Mexico
16 May
Peru  66–59  Canada
17 May
Japan  63–79  Uruguay
17 May
Peru  57–72  Mexico
18 May
Argentina  103–85  Japan
18 May
Canada  73–71  Uruguay
19 May
Peru  66–67  Uruguay
20 May
Canada  82–77  Argentina
20 May
Mexico  71–70  Japan
21 May
Peru  95–85  Japan
21 May
Argentina  97–83  Uruguay
22 May
Peru  78–84  Argentina
22 May
Mexico  87–73  Canada
23 May
Japan  74–78  Canada
23 May
Uruguay  76–73  Mexico

Final round[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Brazil 6 6 0 485 411 +74 12
 Yugoslavia 6 5 1 472 424 +48 11
 Soviet Union 6 4 2 426 399 +27 10
 United States 6 3 3 498 433 +65 9
 France 6 2 4 369 438 −69 8
 Puerto Rico 6 1 5 366 426 −60 7
 Italy 6 0 6 407 492 −85 6
16 May
Soviet Union  58–48  France
16 May
United States  73–75  Yugoslavia
17 May
Yugoslavia  73–57  Puerto Rico
17 May
United States  81–61  France
17 May
Brazil  81–62  Italy
18 May
Puerto Rico  60–67  France
18 May
Yugoslavia  85–74  Italy
18 May
United States  74–75  Soviet Union
20 May
France  67–63  Italy
20 May
Yugoslavia  71–90  Brazil
21 May
Puerto Rico  55–64  Soviet Union
21 May
France  63–77  Brazil
22 May
Italy  63–83  Soviet Union
22 May
Puerto Rico  64–88  United States
23 May
Italy  73–101  United States
23 May
Soviet Union  79–90  Brazil
24 May
Italy  72–75  Puerto Rico
24 May
France  63–99  Yugoslavia
25 May
Soviet Union  67–69  Yugoslavia
25 May
Brazil  85–81  United States

Final ranking[edit]

Rank Team Record
1  Brazil 6–0
2  Yugoslavia 8–1
3  Soviet Union 7–2
4  United States 6–3
5  France 4–5
6  Puerto Rico 3–6
7  Italy 2–7
8  Argentina 4–4
9  Mexico 4–4
10  Uruguay 4–4
11  Canada 3–5
12  Peru 2–6
13  Japan 1–7
=  Philippines Suspended

All-Tournament Team[edit]

Top scorers (ppg)[edit]

  1. Ricardo Duarte (Peru) 20.3
  2. Aleksander Petrov (USSR) 17.6
  3. Luis Enrique Grajeda (Mexico) 17.5
  4. Radivoj Korać (Yugoslavia) 16.8
  5. Maxime Dorigo (France) 16.8
  6. Alfredo Tulli (Argentina) 16.1
  7. Alberto Desimone (Argentina) 16
  8. Rafael Valle (Puerto Rico) 15.8
  9. Nemanja Djuric (Yugoslavia) 14.6
  10. Paolo Vittori (Italy) 14.3