Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics

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3rd Olympic Basketball Tournament
Helsinki 1952
Tournament details
Olympics 1952 Summer Olympics
Host nation  Finland
City Helsinki
Duration July 13 – August 2
Men's tournament
Teams 23
Medals
Gold medal.svg Gold medalists  United States
Silver medal.svg Silver medalists  Soviet Union
Bronze medal.svg Bronze medalists  Uruguay
Tournaments
← London 1948  Melbourne 1956 →

Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics was the third appearance of the sport. 23 nations entered the competition.

The top six teams at the 1948 Summer Olympics qualified automatically, as did the 1950 World Champion (Argentina), the top two at the 1951 European championships (USSR and Czechoslovakia), and the host country (Finland). Thirteen other nations competed in a preliminary round to determine the last six places in the sixteen-team Olympic tournament.

Basketball

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 United States (USA)
Ron Bontemps
Marc Freiberger
Wayne Glasgow
Charlie Hoag
Bill Hougland
John Keller
Dean Kelley
Bob Kenney
Bob Kurland
Bill Lienhard
Clyde Lovellette
Frank McCabe
Dan Pippin
Howie Williams
 Soviet Union (URS)
Stepas Butautas
Nodar Dzhordzhikiya
Anatoly Konev
Otar Korkiya
Heino Kruus
Ilmar Kullam
Justinas Lagunavičius
Joann Lõssov
Aleksandr Moiseyev
Yuri Ozerov
Kazys Petkevičius
Stasys Stonkus
Maigonis Valdmanis
Viktor Vlasov
 Uruguay (URU)
Martín Acosta y Lara
Enrique Baliño
Victorio Cieslinskas
Héctor Costa
Nelson Demarco
Héctor García Otero
Tabaré Larre Borges
Adesio Lombardo
Roberto Lovera
Sergio Matto
Wilfredo Peláez
Carlos Roselló

Results[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Nations that lost two games in the preliminary tournaments were eliminated. When there were only two teams left in each group, those teams advanced to the main tournament.

Group A[edit]

In the first round, Cuba and Bulgaria won.

  • Cuba def. Belgium, 59–51
  • Bulgaria def. Switzerland, 69–58

Cuba and Bulgaria played each other, with Bulgaria's victory winning it a berth in the main tournament. The losers played each other, with Switzerland's second loss ejecting the nation from the tournament.

  • Bulgaria def. Cuba, 62–56
  • Belgium def. Switzerland, 59–49

The two teams that were 1–1 played each, with the winner receiving a tournament berth and the loser being eliminated.

  • Cuba def. Belgium, 71–63

Group B[edit]

In the first round, Hungary and the Philippines won.

  • Hungary def. Greece, 75–38
  • Philippines def. Israel, 57–47

Hungary and the Philippines played each other, with the Philippines's victory winning it a berth in the main tournament. The losers played each other, with Israel's second loss ejecting the nation from the tournament.

  • Philippines def. Hungary, 48–35
  • Greece def. Israel, 54–52

The two teams that were 1–1 played each, with the winner receiving a tournament berth and the loser being eliminated.

  • Hungary def. Greece, 47–44

Group C[edit]

In the first round, Italy and Turkey were served their first losses.

  • Canada def. Italy, 68–57
  • Egypt def. Turkey, 64–45

Romania's first game was a loss to Canada. Italy and Turkey played each other, with Turkey's second loss eliminating it.

  • Canada def. Romania, 72–51
  • Italy def. Turkey, 49–37

Italy and Romania, who had both lost once, played each other. Romania's second loss eliminated the nation from the tournament. Undefeated nations Canada and Egypt played each other, with Egypt being served its first loss.

  • Italy def. Romania, 53–39
  • Canada def. Egypt, 63–57

Italy played its fourth game of the tournament against Egypt. The decisive game ended with Egypt winning a berth to the main competition and Italy being eliminated.

  • Egypt def. Italy, 66–62

Main tournament[edit]

The top two teams in each group advanced to the semifinal round.

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
United States 3 3 0 195 139 +56 6
Uruguay 3 2 1 167 164 +3 5
Czechoslovakia 3 1 2 161 164 −3 4
Hungary 3 0 3 143 199 −56 3
  • United States def. Hungary, 66–48
  • Uruguay def. Czechoslovakia, 53–51
  • Uruguay def. Hungary, 70–56
  • United States def. Czechoslovakia, 72–47
  • Czechoslovakia def. Hungary, 63–39
  • United States def. Uruguay, 57–44

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Soviet Union 3 3 0 192 143 +49 6
Bulgaria 3 2 1 163 182 −19 5
Mexico 3 1 2 172 171 +1 4
Finland 3 0 3 147 178 −31 3
  • USSR def. Bulgaria, 74–46
  • Mexico def. Finland, 66–48
  • Bulgaria def. Mexico, 52–44
  • USSR def. Finland, 47–35
  • Bulgaria def. Finland, 65–64
  • USSR def. Mexico, 71–62

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Argentina 3 3 0 239 196 +43 6
Brazil 3 2 1 184 179 +5 5
Philippines 3 1 2 192 221 −29 4
Canada 3 0 3 201 220 −19 3
  • Argentina def. Philippines, 85–59
  • Brazil def. Canada, 57–55
  • Brazil def. Philippines, 71–52
  • Argentina def. Canada, 82–81
  • Philippines def. Canada, 81–65
  • Argentina def. Brazil, 72–56

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
France 3 3 0 202 149 +53 6
Chile 3 2 1 170 150 +20 5
Egypt 3 1 2 176 221 −45 4
Cuba 3 0 3 149 177 −28 3
  • France def. Egypt, 92–64
  • Chile def. Cuba, 53–52
  • Chile def. Egypt, 74–46
  • France def. Cuba, 58–42
  • France def. Chile, 52–43
  • Egypt def. Cuba, 66–55

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top two teams in each quarterfinals advanced to the semifinals. The other two teams in each quarterfinals played in the fifth through eighth place classification.

Quarterfinals group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Uruguay 3 2 1 194 187 +7 5
Argentina 3 2 1 226 174 +52 5
Bulgaria 3 1 2 177 220 −43 4
France 3 1 2 178 194 −16 4
  • Argentina def. Bulgaria, 100–56
  • France def. Uruguay, 68–66
  • Uruguay def. Bulgaria, 62–54
  • Argentina def. France, 61–52
  • Bulgaria def. France, 67–58
  • Uruguay def. Argentina, 66–65

Quarterfinals group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
United States 3 3 0 246 166 +80 6
Soviet Union 3 2 1 190 195 −5 5
Brazil 3 1 2 177 155 +22 4
Chile 3 0 3 159 256 −97 3
  • United States def. USSR, 86–58
  • Brazil def. Chile, 75–44
  • United States def. Chile, 103–55
  • USSR def. Brazil, 54–49
  • United States def. Brazil, 57–53
  • USSR def. Chile, 78–60

Classification 5–8[edit]

  • Chile def. Bulgaria, 60–53
  • Brazil def. France, 59–44

Classification 7/8[edit]

  • Bulgaria def. France, 58–44

Classification 5/6[edit]

  • Chile def. Brazil, 58–49

Semifinals[edit]

Semi-finals Final
July 31
  Soviet Union  61  
  Uruguay  57  
 
August 2
      United States  36
    Soviet Union  25
Third place
August 1 August 2
  United States  85   Uruguay  68
  Argentina  76     Argentina  59

Participating nations[edit]

Each country was allowed to enter one team of 14 players and they all were eligible for participation. A total number of 317 players were entered.

A total of 301(*) basketball players from 23 nations competed at the Helsinki Games:

(*) NOTE: There are only players counted, which participated in one game at least. Up to now only two reserve player can be named, 14 reserve players are unknown.

Summary[edit]

Place Nation
1  United States (USA)
Coach: Warren Womble
Ron Bontemps (Peoria Caterpillars/Illinois)
Marc Freiberger (Peoria Caterpillars/Oklahoma)
Wayne Glasgow (Phillips 66ers/Oklahoma)
Charlie Hoag (University of Kansas)
Bill Hougland (Phillips 66ers/Kansas)
John Keller (University of Kansas)
Dean Kelley (University of Kansas)
Bob Kenney (University of Kansas)
Bob Kurland (Phillips 66ers/Oklahoma St.)
Bill Lienhard (University of Kansas)
Clyde Lovellette (University of Kansas)
Frank McCabe (Peoria Caterpillars/Marquette)
Dan Pippin (Peoria Caterpillars/Missouri)
Howie Williams (Peoria Caterpillars/Purdue)
2  Soviet Union (URS)
Stepas Butautas (BC Žalgiris Kaunas)
Nodar Dzhordzhikiya (BC Dinamo Tbilisi)
Anatoly Konev (MBC Dynamo Moscow)
Otar Korkiya (BC Dinamo Tbilisi)
Heino Kruus (Tallinna Kalev)
Ilmar Kullam (Tallinna Kalev)
Justinas Lagunavičius (BC Žalgiris Kaunas)
Joann Lõssov (Tallinna Kalev)
Aleksandr Moiseyev (VVS Moscow)
Yuri Ozerov (MBC Dynamo Moscow)
Kazys Petkevičius (BC Žalgiris Kaunas)
Stasys Stonkus (BC Žalgiris Kaunas)
Maigonis Valdmanis (ASK Riga)
Viktor Vlasov (MBC Dynamo Moscow)
3  Uruguay (URU)
Martín Acosta y Lara
Enrique Baliño
Victorio Cieslinskas
Héctor Costa
Nelson Demarco
Héctor García Otero
Tabaré Larre Borges
Adesio Lombardo
Roberto Lovera
Sergio Matto
Wilfredo Peláez
Carlos Roselló
4  Argentina (ARG)
Coach: Rodolfo Masilla
Leopoldo Contarbio
Hugo del Vecchio
Oscar Furlong
Juan Gazsó
Ricardo González
Rafael Lledó
Alberto López
Rubén Menini
Omar Monza
Rubén Pagliari
Raúl Pérez Varela
Ignacio Poletti
Juan Uder
Roberto Viau
5  Chile (CHI)
Pedro Araya Zabala
Rufino Bernedo
Eduardo Cordero Fernández
Hugo Fernández Diez
Ezequiel Figueroa Reyes
Juan José Gallo Chinchilla
Víctor Mahana Badrie
Eric Mahn Godoy
Juan Ostoic Ostoic
Hermán Raffo Abarca
Hermán Ramos Muñoz
Álvaro Salvadores
Orlando Silva Infante
6  Brazil (BRA)
Coach: Manoel Pitanga
Angelim
Bráz
Raymundo Carvalho dos Santos
Mário Jorge da Fonseca Hermes
Almir Nelson de Almeida
Algodão
Ruy de Freitas
Mayr Facci
Tião
Godinho
Thales Monteiro
Alfredo da Motta
Zé Luiz
7  Bulgaria (BUL)
Petar Chichkov
Hristo Donev
Ilja Georgiev
Konstantin Georgiev
Genczo Hristov
Anton Kuzov
Vasil Manchenko
Nejczo Neichev
Ivan Nikolov
Georgi Panov
Veselin Penkov
Kiril Semov
Vladimir Slavov
Konstantin Totev
8  France (FRA)
André Buffière
André Chavet
René Chocat
Robert Crost
Jacques Dessemme
Louis Devoti
Robert Guillin
Roger Haudegand
Robert Monclar
Jean Perniceni
Bernard Planque
Jean-Pierre Salignon
André Vacheresse
9–16  Canada (CAN)
Woody Campbell
Bill Coulthard
Red Curren
Chuck Dalton
Bill Pataky
Glenn Pettinger
Bob Phibbs
Bernie Pickell
Carl Ridd
Bobby Simpson
Harry Wade
George Wearring
Roy Williams
9–16  Cuba (CUB)
Carlos Bea Blanes
Felipe de la Pozas y Piad
Alberto Escoto Valdés
Armando Estrada Rivero
Alfredo Faget Otazo
Casimiro García Artime
Juan García García
R. Carlos García Ordoñez
Federico López Garviso
Mario Quintero Padrón
Fabio Ruiz Vinajeras
Ramón Wiltz Bucelo
9–16  Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Coach: Josef Fleischlinger
Jiří Baumruk
Miroslav Baumruk
Zdeněk Bobrovský
Josef Ezr
Eugen Horniak
Miroslav Kódl
Luboš Kolář
Jan Kozák
Jiří Matoušek
Ivan Mrázek
Zdeněk Rylich
Jaroslav Šíp
Miroslav Škeřík
Jaroslav Tětiva
9–16  Egypt (EGY)
Youssef Mohamed Abbas
Youssef Kamal Mohamed Abou-Ouf
Fouad Abdel Meguid Abu el Kheir
Mohamed Medhat Bahgat
Armand Philippe Catafago
Georges Jean Chalhoub
Mohamed Ezz Eldin Aly Ahmed el Rashidy
Abdelrahman Ismail Hafez
Zaki Selim Ibrahim Harari
Sami Mansour
Medhat Youssef Mohamad
Hussein Kamal Montassir
Fahmy Raymond Sabounghi
Albert Fahmy Tadros
9–16  Finland (FIN)
Kalevi Heinänen
Esko Karhunen
Juhani Kyöstilä
Pentti Laaksonen
Olavi Lahtinen
Raimo Lindholm
Pertti Mutru
Raine Nuutinen
Tapio Pöyhönen
Tuomo Ristola
Eero Salonen
Timo Suviranta
Kalevi Sylander
Oiva Virtanen
9–16  Hungary (HUN)
László Bánhegyi
Pál Bogár
György Bokor
Tibor Cselkó
Tibor Czinkán
János Greminger
László Hódi
Ede Komáromi
Tibor Mezőfi
Péter Papp
János Simon
György Telegdy
Tibor Zsíros
9–16  Mexico (MEX)
Rubén Almanza García
Carlos José Bru Villarreal
Jorge Cardiel Gaytán
José de la Cruz Cabrera Gándara
Héctor Guerrero Delgado
Emilio López Enríquez
Filiberto Manzo Hernández
José Meneses Luna
Sergio Olguín Fierro
Fernando Rojas Herrera
José Rojas Herera
Rolando Rubalcava Peña
José Pioquinto Soto Villanueva
9–16  Philippines (PHI)
Coach: Felicisimo Fajardo
Florentino Bautista
Ramón Campos
Antonio Genato
José Gochangco
Rafael Hechanova
Eduardo Lim
Carlos Loyzaga
Antonio Luis Martínez
Ponciano Saldaña
Meliton Santos
Antonio Tantay
Mariano Tolentino
17–23  Belgium (BEL)
Jules Boes
Jan Ceulemans
Henri Coosemans
Henri Crick
Yves Delsarte
Josef du Jardin
Johannes Ducheyne
Jef Eygel
Désiré Ligon
Julien Meuris
Félix Roosemont
Alexis van Gils
Pierre van Huele
17–23  Greece (GRE)
Goulielmos Arvanitis
Themistokles Cholevas
Ioannis Lambrou
Panayiotis Manias
Phaedon Mathaiou
Nikolaos Milas
Konstantinos Papadimas
Aristidis Roubanis
Alexandros Spanoudakis
Ioannis Spanoudakis
Dimitrios Stefanidis
Dimitrios Taliadoros
17–23  Israel (ISR)
Coach: Toby Ruskin
Eliahu Amiel (Hapoel Holon)
Moshe Daniel-Levy (Hapoel Maayan Barukh)
Dan Erez-Buxenbaum (Hapoel Tel Aviv)
Reuben Fecher-Perach (Hapoel Mizra)
Mordechai-Marcel Hefez (Hapoel Holon)
Ralph Klein (Raphael Ram) (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Menahem Kurman-Degani (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Amos Lin-Linkovsky (Hapoel Mishmar Ha'emek)
Zekarya Ofri (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Shimon Shelah-Schmuckler (Hapoel Tel Aviv)
Abraham Shneior (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Yehuda Wiener-Gafni (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Fredi Cohen (Hapoel Holon)
17–23  Italy (ITA)
Giorgio Bongiovanni
Achille Canna
Carlo Cerioni
Giordano Damiani
Sergio Ferriani
Sergio Marelli
Federico Marietti
Enrico Pagani
Fabio Presca
Renzo Ranuzzi
Luigi Rapini
Sergio Stefanini
Dino Zucchi
17–23  Romania (ROU)
Cornel Călugăreanu
Gheorghe Constantinide
Grigore Costescu
Andrei Folbert
Ladislau Mokos
Liviu Naghi
Mihai Nedef
Cezar Niculescu
Dan Niculescu
Adrian Petroşanu
Vasile Popescu
Emanoil Răducanu
Constanin Herold
17–23  Switzerland (SUI)
Pierre Albrecht
Henri Baumann
Marc Bossy
René Chiappino
Maurice Chollet
Gerald Cottier
Roger Domenjoz
Marcel Moget
Roger Prahin
Jacques Redard
Bernard Schmied
Georges Stockly
Jean-Pierre Voisin
René Wohler
17–23  Turkey (TUR)
Yüksel Alkan
Altan Dinçer
Nejat Diyarbakırlı
Yalçın Granit
Sadi Gülçelik
Yılmaz Gündüz
Erdoğan Partener
Sacit Seldüz
Turhan Tezol
Güney Ülmen
Ali Uras
Mehmet Ali Yalım

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