EuroBasket 1939

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FIBA EuroBasket 1939
3rd FIBA European Basketball Championship
EuroBasket 1939 logo.jpg
Official website
EuroBasket 1939 (archive)
Tournament details
Host nation Lithuania
Dates 21–28 May
Teams (from 20 federations)
Venues (in 1 host city)
Champions  Lithuania (2nd title)
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Estonia Heino Veskila (16.6)

The 1939 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1939, was the third FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe. Eight national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) took part in the competition. Defending champions Lithuania hosted the tournament, held in Kaunas Sports Hall.

Tickets[edit]

The price for tickets were high in that time. The price for seat were 2,5–5 LTL and for standing spot 1,5–2 LTL. Example of EuroBasket 1939 ticket.[1]

Results[edit]

Lithuania-Hungary game during EuroBasket 1939

The 1939 competition was in a very simple format. Each team played each of the other teams once. A win was worth 2 standings points, a loss worth 1. The rankings were based on those standing points. Ties were broken by head-to-head results. The winning team was Lithuania. In retrospect, the most important match was Lithuania vs Latvia in the first round. Lithuania won by 1 point, and this was the eventual winning margin of the championship. Relations between the two nations soured to such an extent that it led to the cancellation of the subsequent 1939 Baltic Cup football tournament.

Match results[edit]

France 76 – 11 Finland
Poland 35 – 31 Estonia
Italy 39 – 21 Hungary
Lithuania 37 – 36 Latvia
Poland 38 – 36 France
Italy 63 – 13 Finland
Lithuania 33 – 14 Estonia
Latvia 58 – 24 Hungary
France 31 – 24 Italy
Lithuania 46 – 18 Poland
Latvia 108 – 7 Finland
Estonia 64 – 18 Hungary
Estonia 91 – 1 Finland
Poland 42 – 20 Hungary
Latvia 38 – 23 Italy
Lithuania 48 – 18 France
Latvia 45 – 26 France
Lithuania 79 – 15 Hungary
Estonia 29 – 22 Italy
Poland 46 – 13 Finland
Poland 43 – 27 Italy
France 45 – 19 Hungary
Lithuania 112 – 9 Finland
Estonia 26 – 25 Latvia
Lithuania 41 – 27 Italy
Hungary 45 – 16 Finland
France 33 – 31 Estonia
Latvia 43 – 20 Poland


 1939 FIBA European Champions 

Lithuania
2nd title

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1. Gold medal europe.svg  Lithuania 14 7 0 396 137 +259
2. Silver medal europe.svg  Latvia 12 5 2 353 163 +190
3. Bronze medal europe.svg  Poland 12 5 2 242 216 +26
4.  France 11 4 3 265 216 +49
5.  Estonia 11 4 3 286 167 +119
6.  Italy 9 2 5 225 216 +9
7.  Hungary 8 1 6 162 343 −181
8.  Finland 7 0 7 70 541 −471

Team rosters[edit]

Lithuania's Lubinas was the same person as the Frank Lubin who had played for the gold medal United States national basketball team at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

1. Lithuania: Pranas Lubinas, Mykolas Ruzgys, Feliksas Kriaučiūnas, Leonas Baltrūnas, Zenonas Puzinauskas, Artūras Andrulis, Pranas Mažeika, Leonas Petrauskas, Eugenijus Nikolskis, Vytautas Norkus, Jurgis Jurgėla, Mindaugas Šliūpas, Vytautas Budriūnas, Vytautas Leščinskas (Coach: Pranas Lubinas)

2. Latvia: Visvaldis Melderis, Kārlis Arents, Jānis Graudiņš, Teodors Grīnbergs, Maksis Kazāks, Alfrēds Krauklis, Voldemārs Šmits, Juris Solovjovs, Aleksandrs Vanags, Kārlis Satiņš (Coach: Valdemārs Baumanis)

3. Poland: Paweł Stok, Bogdan Bartosiewicz, Jerzy Gregołajtis, Florian Grzechowiak, Zdzisław Kasprzak, Ewaryst Łój, Stanisław Pawlowski, Zbigniew Resich, Jerzy Rossudowski, Jarosław Śmigielski (Coach: Walenty Kłyszejko)

4. France: Robert Busnel, Vladimir Fabrikant, Henri Lesmayoux, Fernand Prudhomme, Jean Jeammes, Etienne Roland, Emile Frezot, Robert Cohu, Maurice Mertz, Abel Gravier, Andre Ambroise, Gaston Falleur, Gabriel Gonnet, Alexandre Katlama (Coach: Paul Geist)

5. Estonia: Heino Veskila, Evald Mahl, Oskar Erikson, Ralf Viksten, Georg Vinogradov, Erich Altosaar, Artur Amon, Hans Juurup, Valdeko Valdmäe, Herbert Tillemann (Coach: Herbert Niiler)

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