1992 Tournament of the Americas

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FIBA Americas Championship 1992
5th FIBA American Basketball Championship
Tournament details
Host nation United States
Dates June 27−July 5
Teams 10 (from 41 federations)
Venues (in 1 host city)
Champions  United States (1st title)
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The 1992 Tournament of the Americas, known now as the FIBA Americas Championship, was a basketball championship hosted by the United States from June 27 to July 5, 1992. The games were played at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. This FIBA Americas Championship was to earn the four berths allocated to the Americas for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. It was the international debut of the Dream Team, which defeated Venezuela in the final to win the tournament. Puerto Rico and Brazil made the semifinals to also qualify for the Olympics.

Qualification[edit]

Eight teams qualified during the qualification tournaments held in their respective zones in 1991; USA and Canada qualified automatically since they are the only two members of the North America zone.

The draw split the tournament into two groups:

Format[edit]

  • The top three teams from each group advance to the knockout round.
  • The winners in the knockout semifinals advanced to the Final and were granted berths in the 1992 Olympic Tournament in Barcelona. The losers figure in a third-place playoff and were both also granted berths in the Olympic Tournament.

Squads[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 4 4 0 481 257 +224 8
 Canada 4 2 2 297 326 −29 6
 Argentina 4 2 2 334 362 −28 6
 Panama 4 1 3 276 344 −68 5
 Cuba 4 1 3 274 373 −99 5
June 27
 Argentina 94–76  Panama
June 27
 Cuba 79–78  Canada
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 28
 United States 136–57  Cuba
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 28
 Canada 87–80  Argentina
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 29
 Panama 86–67  Cuba
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 29
 United States 105–61  Canada
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 30
 United States 112–52  Panama
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 30
 Argentina 73–71  Cuba
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
July 1
 United States 128–87  Argentina
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
July 1
 Canada 71–62  Panama
Memorial Coliseum, Portland

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Brazil 4 4 0 452 333 +119 8
 Puerto Rico 4 2 2 331 321 +10 6
 Venezuela 4 2 2 359 401 −42 6
 Mexico 4 1 3 328 331 −3 5
 Uruguay 4 1 3 367 451 −84 5
June 27
 Brazil 95–72  Puerto Rico
June 27
 Venezuela 110–97  Uruguay
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 28
 Brazil 128–81  Venezuela
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 28
 Puerto Rico 64–58  Mexico
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 29
 Puerto Rico 104–88  Uruguay
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 29
 Brazil 90–87  Mexico
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 30
 Brazil 139–93  Uruguay
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
June 30
 Venezuela 88–85  Mexico
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
July 1
 Puerto Rico 91–80  Venezuela
Memorial Coliseum, Portland
July 1
 Mexico 98–89  Uruguay
Memorial Coliseum, Portland

Knockout Round[edit]

Championship Bracket[edit]

  First Round
July 2
Semifinals
July 3
Championship
July 5
  Brazil 91
  Venezuela 100
  Canada 72
  Venezuela 76
  Venezuela 80
  United States 127
  Puerto Rico 95
  Argentina 85
  Puerto Rico 81 Third place
  United States 119
    Brazil 93
    Puerto Rico 91

Awards[edit]

 1992 Tournament of the Americas Winners 

United States
First title

Final standings[edit]

Qualified for the 1992 Olympic Tournament
Rank Team Record
1st  United States 6–0
2nd  Venezuela 4–3
3rd  Brazil 5–1
4  Puerto Rico 4–3
5  Canada 2–3
6  Argentina 2–3
7  Mexico 1–3
8  Panama 1–3
9  Cuba 1–3
10  Uruguay 0–4

Team Rosters[edit]

1. USA: Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Christian Laettner, Clyde Drexler, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, David Robinson (coach: Lenny Wilkens).

2. Venezuela: Carl Herrera, Sam Shepherd, Melquíades Jaramillo, Luis Jiménez Guevara, Rostyn González,Iván Olivares,Nelson Solórzano,Gabriel Estaba, Armando Palacios, Víctor Díaz, Alexander "Alex" Nelcha, David Díaz (coach: Julio Toro).

3. Brazil: Oscar Schmidt, Gerson Victalino, Israel Andrade, Jorge Guerra, Almir Nelson De Almeida, Aristides Josuel dos Santos, Ricardo Cardoso "Cadum" Guimarães, Marcel de Souza, João José "Pipoka" Vianna, Maury de Souza, Paulinho Villas Boas, Rolando Ferreira (coach: José Medalha).

4. Puerto Rico: Jose Ortiz, Ramon Rivas, Jerome Mincy, James Carter Gaudino, Federico "Fico" López, Raymond Gausse, Richard Soto, Edwin Pellot, Eddie Cassiano, Édgar de León, Javier Colón (coach: Raymond Dalmau).

References[edit]

1992 American Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men, FIBA.com.