2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men

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The FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men 2008 was the final qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympic men's basketball tournament. Organized by FIBA, it took place from 14–20 July 2008 at the OAKA Indoor Sports Arena, in Athens, Greece.[1] The draw for the tournament was held on 31 January 2008 at the Divani Caravel hotel in Athens.[2]

Through this tournament, the final three qualifying berths for the 2008 Olympics men's basketball competition were determined. A total of 12 teams competed in the 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament from the five FIBA regions, and those 12 teams were based on finishes in each of FIBA’s five zone qualifying tournaments. The FIBA Africa Zone placed two teams (runner-up and third place), the FIBA Americas Zone placed three teams (third place, fourth place and fifth place), the FIBA Asia Zone placed two teams (runner-up and third place), the FIBA Europe Zone placed four teams (fourth place, fifth place, sixth place and seventh place), and FIBA Oceania Zone placed one team (runner-up).

The 12 teams were divided into four groups of three teams each and played a single round robin. The two best placed teams from each group qualified for the quarterfinals, semifinals, finals and consolation games which determined the first three places and thus the teams that qualified for the Olympics.

The twelve participating teams were: Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Slovenia. The three teams that qualified through this tournament—Croatia, Germany and Greece—joined Angola, Argentina, Australia, China, Iran, Lithuania, Russia, Spain and the USA in the Beijing Olympics, and had roughly a month to practice and prepare as the Olympic basketball tournament took place on August 9–24.

Participating nations[edit]

The teams were divided into three pots, corresponding to their continental zones:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

 Cameroon
 Lebanon
 South Korea
 Cape Verde

 Brazil
 Puerto Rico
 Canada
 New Zealand

 Greece
 Germany
 Croatia
 Slovenia

In case a team fails to attend, the next best team from their zone play as their replacements.

Squads[edit]

Format[edit]

  • The teams were divided into four groups (Groups A-D) for the preliminary round.
  • Round robin for the preliminary round; the top two teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinals. The last-placed team in each group was eliminated.
  • A single-elimination tournament was then held; the quarterfinals pairings were:
    • A1 vs. B2
    • B1 vs. A2
    • C1 vs. D2
    • D1 vs. C2
  • The semifinal pairings were A1/B2 vs. C1/D2 and B1/A2 vs. D1/C2. The semifinal winners qualified for the Olympics. No championship game was held.
  • The semifinal losers played for the last Olympic qualifying berth.

Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals

Group A[edit]

Team Pts. W L PCT PF PA Diff
 Greece 4 2 0 1.000 208 131 +77
 Brazil 3 1 1 .500 163 143 +20
 Lebanon 2 0 2 .000 116 213 -97
July 14
22:00
Greece  119–62  Lebanon
Scoring by quarter: 32-17, 22-10, 32-14, 33-21
July 15
22:00
Lebanon  54–94  Brazil
Scoring by quarter: 8-27, 13-21, 16-25, 17-21
July 16
22:00
Brazil  69–89  Greece
Scoring by quarter: 17-18, 13-22, 20-26, 19-23

Group B[edit]

Team Pts. W L PCT PF PA Diff
 Germany 4 2 0 1.000 193 139 +54
 New Zealand 3 1 1 .500 148 139 +9
 Cape Verde 2 0 2 .000 118 181 -63
July 14
13:00
New Zealand  77–50  Cape Verde
Scoring by quarter: 21-4, 21-16, 18-12, 17-18
July 15
15:30
Cape Verde  68–104  Germany
Scoring by quarter: 11-34, 13-25, 16-22, 28-23
July 16
19:30
Germany  89–71  New Zealand
Scoring by quarter: 23-26, 24-7, 21-24, 21-14

Group C[edit]

Team Pts. W L PCT PF PA Diff
 Slovenia 4 2 0 1.000 174 146 +28
 Canada 3 1 1 .500 149 163 -14
 South Korea 2 0 2 .000 153 167 -14
July 14
15:30
South Korea  76–88  Slovenia
Scoring by quarter: 17-24, 20-29, 21-16, 18-19
July 15
13:00
Slovenia  86–70  Canada
Scoring by quarter: 27-22, 14-12, 23-15, 22-21
July 16
13:00
Canada  79–77  South Korea
Scoring by quarter: 20-20, 13-29, 26-15, 20-13

Group D[edit]

Team Pts. W L PCT PF PA Diff
 Croatia 4 2 0 1.000 188 160 +28
 Puerto Rico 3 1 1 .500 162 167 -5
 Cameroon 2 0 2 .000 151 174 -23
July 14
19:30
Croatia  93–79  Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 19-16, 26-9, 20-28, 28-26
July 15
19:30
Cameroon  72–81  Puerto Rico
Scoring by quarter: 7-22, 22-24, 19-15, 24-20
July 16
15:30
Puerto Rico  81–95  Croatia
Scoring by quarter: 26-14, 14-29, 18-27, 23-25

Knockout stage[edit]

Note: Italicized teams qualify for the Olympics.
  Quarterfinals
July 18
Semifinals
July 19
                             
  A1   Greece 75  
B2   New Zealand 48  
  A1   Greece 88  
 
  D2   Puerto Rico 63  
C1   Slovenia 70
  D2   Puerto Rico 81  
      No final – semifinal winners
qualify for the Olympics.
 
  B1   Germany 78  
A2   Brazil 65  
  B1   Germany 70 Third Place Game - July 20
 
  D1   Croatia 76  
D1   Croatia 83   D2   Puerto Rico 82
  C2   Canada 62     B1   Germany 96

Quarterfinals[edit]

July 18
13:00
Croatia  83–62  Canada
Scoring by quarter: 18-16, 18-13, 26-13, 21-20
July 18
15:30
Slovenia  70–81  Puerto Rico
Scoring by quarter: 15-21, 19-13, 18-25, 18-22
July 18
19:30
Germany  78–65  Brazil
Scoring by quarter: 14-13, 31-13, 17-13, 16-26
July 18
22:00
Greece  75–48  New Zealand
Scoring by quarter: 22-12, 15-8, 18-16, 20-12

Semi-finals[edit]

July 19
19:00
Germany  70–76  Croatia
Scoring by quarter: 14-24, 17-12, 17-11, 22-29
July 19
21:30
Greece  88–63  Puerto Rico
Scoring by quarter: 19-11, 29-24, 20-15, 20-13

3rd place match[edit]

July 20
19:30
Germany  96–82  Puerto Rico
Scoring by quarter: 22-23, 26-16, 26-19, 22-24

References[edit]

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