1997 Tournament of the Americas

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FIBA Americas Cup 1997
8th FIBA American Basketball Championship
Tournament details
Host nation Uruguay
Dates 21−31 August
Teams 10 (from 42 federations)
Venues (in 1 host city)
Champions  United States (3rd title)
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The 1997 Tournament of the Americas, known now as the FIBA Americas Championship, was a basketball championship hosted by Uruguay from 21 to 31 August 31 1997. The games were played in Montevideo. This FIBA Americas Championship was to earn the four berths allocated to the Americas for the 1998 FIBA World Championship in Athens, Greece. The United States won the tournament, the country's third Americas championship.

Qualification[edit]

Eight teams qualified during the qualification tournaments held in their respective zones in 1997; two teams (USA and Canada) qualified automatically since they are the only members of the North America zone.

The draw split the tournament into two groups:

Format[edit]

  • The top four teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals.
  • Results and standings among teams within the same group are carried over.
  • The top four teams at the quarterfinals were granted berths in the 1998 FIBA World Championship. Since the United States were already qualified as Olympic Champions, should they reach one of the top four places in the quarterfinals, the fifth team on the final standings was given the remaining berth.
  • The top four teams then played an extra match to define the first six places in the final standings (1 vs. 2 for first place, 3 vs. 4 for third place and 5 vs. 6 for fifth place).

Squads[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Argentina 4 3 1 317 284 +33 7 1–0
 Brazil 4 3 1 328 297 +31 7 0–1
 Cuba 4 2 2 307 290 +17 6 1–0
 Uruguay 4 2 2 297 308 −11 6 0–1
 Mexico 4 0 4 282 352 −70 4  
21 August
 Argentina 81–73  Cuba
21 August
 Uruguay 81–67  Mexico
Montevideo
22 August
 Argentina 68–65  Brazil
Montevideo
22 August
 Cuba 71–68  Mexico
Montevideo
23 August
 Cuba 88–63  Uruguay
Montevideo
23 August
 Brazil 101–71  Mexico
Montevideo
24 August
 Argentina 99–76  Mexico
Montevideo
24 August
 Brazil 84–83 (OT)  Uruguay
Montevideo
25 August
 Brazil 78–65  Cuba
Montevideo
25 August
 Uruguay 70–69  Argentina
Montevideo

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Canada 4 3 1 403 362 +41 7 1–1 (0.527)
 United States 4 3 1 368 334 +34 7 1–1 (0.524)
 Venezuela 4 3 1 365 357 +8 7 1–1 (0.506)
 Puerto Rico 4 1 3 330 353 −23 5  
 Dominican Republic 4 0 4 320 380 −60 4  
21 August
 Venezuela 85–75  United States
21 August
 Puerto Rico 88–85  Dominican Republic
Montevideo
22 August
 United States 98–70  Dominican Republic
Montevideo
22 August
 Canada 78–77  Puerto Rico
Montevideo
23 August
 Venezuela 85–80  Dominican Republic
Montevideo
23 August
 United States 102–97  Canada
Montevideo
24 August
 United States 93–82  Puerto Rico
Montevideo
24 August
 Canada 119–98  Venezuela
Montevideo
25 August
 Canada 109–85  Dominican Republic
Montevideo
25 August
 Venezuela 97–83  Puerto Rico
Montevideo

Quarterfinal Group[edit]

Qualified for the semifinals

The top four teams in both Group A and Group B advanced to the quarterfinal group. Then each team played the four from the other group once to complete a full round robin. Records from the preliminary groups carried over. The top two teams advanced to the first place game and the third and fourth-place teams advanced to the third place game. The fifth-place team (Cuba) and the sixth-place team (Canada) did not continue competing for the Americas Championship, but played a further game against each other, with the winner qualifying for the 1998 FIBA World Championship.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 United States 8 7 1 750 673 +77 15  
 Puerto Rico 8 5 3 722 679 +43 13 1−0
 Brazil 8 5 3 680 637 +43 13 0−1
 Argentina 8 4 4 650 626 +24 12 2−1 (0.509)
 Cuba 8 4 4 666 681 −15 12 2−1 (0.494)
 Canada 8 4 4 699 687 +12 12 1−2 (0.504)
 Venezuela 8 4 4 708 716 −8 12 1−2 (0.497)
 Uruguay 8 3 5 602 648 −46 11  
27 August
 United States 100–88  Cuba
27 August
 Puerto Rico 88–83  Argentina
27 August
 Brazil 88–79  Venezuela
27 August
 Canada 63–56  Uruguay
28 August
 Venezuela 87–85  Argentina
28 August
 Cuba 88–75  Canada
Montevideo
28 August
 Puerto Rico 86–81  Brazil
Montevideo
28 August
 United States 98–84  Uruguay
Montevideo
29 August
 Puerto Rico 116–81  Cuba
Montevideo
29 August
 United States 91–78  Argentina
Montevideo
29 August
 Uruguay 84–77  Venezuela
Montevideo
29 August
 Brazil 94–82  Canada
Montevideo
30 August
 Cuba 102–100  Venezuela
Montevideo
30 August
 Argentina 87–76  Canada
Montevideo
30 August
 United States 93–89  Brazil
Montevideo
30 August
 Puerto Rico 102–81  Uruguay
Montevideo

Final round[edit]

Fifth place game[edit]

31 August
 Canada 92–83  Cuba
Montevideo

Third place game[edit]

31 August
 Brazil 76–75  Argentina
Montevideo

First place game[edit]

31 August
 United States 95–86  Puerto Rico
Montevideo

Awards[edit]

 1997 Tournament of the Americas Winners 

United States
Third title

Final standings[edit]

Qualified for the 1998 FIBA World Championship
Qualified for the 1998 FIBA World Championship (Olympic Champions)
Rank Team Record
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States 8–1
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Puerto Rico 5–4
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Brazil 6–3
4  Argentina 4–5
5  Canada 5–4
6  Cuba 4–5
7  Venezuela 4–4
8  Uruguay 3–5
9  Dominican Republic 0–4
10  Mexico 0–4
1st
2nd
3rd
 United States
Rusty LaRue
Corey Beck
Jim Farmer
Jason Sasser
Erik Martin
Adrian Griffin
Reggie Jordan
Kermit Holmes
Evers Burns
Russ Millard
Travis Williams
Michael McDonald
 Puerto Rico
José Ortiz
Eddie Casiano
Orlando Santiago
Erick River
Jerome Mincy
James Carter
Carlos Lanauze
Ramón Rivas
Rolando Hourruitiner
Édgar de León
Luis Allende
Daniel Santiago
 Brazil
Raúl Filho
André Guimarães
Caio de Mello
Carlos Rodrigues do Nascimento
Aristides dos Santos
Demétrius Ferraciú
Alexei Carvalho
Cláudio Gomes
Sandro Varejão
Vanderlei Mazzuchini
Rogério Klafke
Joélcio Joerke

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