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FIBA EuroBasket 1951
7th FIBA European Basketball Championship
Tournament details
Host nation France
Dates 3 May – 12 May
Teams 18 (from 26 federations)
Venues (in 1 host city)
Champions  Soviet Union (2nd title)
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Czechoslovakia Ivan Mrázek (17.1)
Official website
EuroBasket 1951 (archive)
1949
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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]

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.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

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 semifinal 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 A[edit]

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 B[edit]

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 C[edit]

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 D[edit]

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 game[edit]

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 1[edit]

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 1[edit]

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 2[edit]

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 2[edit]

Classification 13–16[edit]

Denmark 46 – 39 Portugal
Switzerland 68 – 19 Scotland
Classification 15/16[edit]
Portugal 49 – 42 Scotland
Classification 13/14[edit]
Denmark 22 – 54 Switzerland

Classification 9–12[edit]

Finland 67 – 56 West Germany
Austria 28 – 44 Netherlands
Classification 11/12[edit]
West Germany 49 – 51 Austria
Classification 9/10[edit]
Finland 57 – 52 Netherlands

Semifinal round[edit]

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

Group 1[edit]

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 2[edit]

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 round[edit]

Classification 5–8[edit]

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

Semifinals[edit]

France 50 – 59 Czechoslovakia
Soviet Union 72 – 54 Bulgaria
Bronze medal match[edit]
France 55 – 52 Bulgaria
Championship[edit]
Czechoslovakia 44 – 45 Soviet Union


 1951 FIBA European Champions 

Soviet Union
2nd title

Final rankings[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  Czechoslovakia
  3.  France
  4.  Bulgaria
  5.  Italy
  6.  Turkey
  7.  Belgium
  8.  Greece
  9.  Finland
  10.  Netherlands
  11.  Austria
  12.  West Germany
  13.  Switzerland
  14.  Denmark
  15.  Portugal
  16.  Scotland
  17.  Romania
  18.  Luxembourg

Team rosters[edit]

1. Soviet Union: Otar Korkia, Stepas Butautas, Joann Lõssov, Anatoly Konev, Ilmar Kullam, Heino Kruus, Alexander Moiseev, Justinas Lagunavičius, Anatoly Belov, Vasili Kolpakov, Yuri Larionov, Evgeni Nikitin, Viktor Vlasov, Oleg Mamontov (Coach: Stepan Spandarian)

2. Czechoslovakia: Ivan Mrázek, Jiri Baumruk, Zdenek Bobrovsky, Miroslav Skerik, Jaroslav Sip, Jan Kozak, Miroslav Baumruk, Karel Belohradsky, Miroslav Dostal, Jindrich Kinsky, Zoltan Krenicky, Jiri Matousek, Milos Nebuchla, Arnost Novak, Karel Sobota, Zdenek Rylich, Stanislav Vykydal (Coach: Josef Andrle)

3. France: André Buffiere, René Chocat, Jacques Dessemme, Louis Devoti, Jacques Freimuller, Robert Guillin, Robert Monclar, Marc Peironne, Marc Quiblier, Jean-Pierre Salignon, Pierre Thiolon, André Vacheresse, Jean Perniceni, Justy Specker (Coach: Robert Busnel)

4. Bulgaria: Georgi Georgiev, Stefan Bankov, Nejcho Nejchev, Vladimir Slavov, Ilija Asenov, Petar Shishkov, Kiril Semov, Konstantin Totev, Anton Kuzov, Gencho Rashkov, Ivan Vladimirov, Dimitar Popov, Metodi Tomovski (Coach: Veselin Temkov)

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