Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics

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4th Olympic Basketball Tournament
Melbourne 1956
Tournament details
Olympics 1956 Summer Olympics
Host nation Australia
City Melbourne
Duration November 22 – December 1
Men's tournament
Teams 15
Medals
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists  Soviet Union
3 Bronze medalists  Uruguay
Tournaments
← Helsinki 1952  Rome 1960 →

Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics was the fourth appearance of the sport in Olympic competition. Fifteen nations, an unusually low number for the basketball tournament, competed in the event, with 174 participants. A total number of 56 games of basketball were played.

The teams were divided into four pools, with four teams in three of the pools and only three in the fourth. Every team played against each other team in its pool once. The top two teams from each pool advanced to the quarterfinals, where again they were split into pools of four. Teams again played every other team in their pool, with the top two in each advancing to the semifinal and the bottom two entering a pool for 5th through 8th places. Eliminated teams also played in consolation matches with the same structure as the quarterfinals and finals, but for 9th through 15th places. The games were held at the Royal Exhibition Building.

Medalists[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
 United States (USA)
Carl Cain
Bill Hougland
K.C. Jones
Bill Russell
James Walsh
William Evans
Burdette Haldorsson
Ronald Tomsic
Dick Boushka
Gilbert Ford
Robert Jeangerard
Charles Darling
 Soviet Union (URS)
Valdis Muižnieks
Maigonis Valdmanis
Vladimir Torban
Stasys Stonkus
Kazys Petkevičius
Arkadi Bochkarev
Jānis Krūmiņš
Mikhail Semyonov
Algirdas Lauritenas
Yuri Ozerov
Viktor Zubkov
Mikhail Studenetsky
 Uruguay (URU)
Carlos Blixen
Ramiro Cortes
Héctor Costa
Nelson Chelle
Nelson Demarco
Héctor García Otero
Carlos Gonzáles
Sergio Matto
Oscar Moglia
Raúl Mera
Ariel Olascoaga
Milton Scaron

Results[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

TEAM PTS P W L PF PA
 United States 6 3 3 0 320 122
 Philippines 5 3 2 1 184 226
 Japan 4 3 1 2 171 224
 Thailand 3 3 0 3 123 226
Philippines Philippines 55,  Thailand 44
Scoring by half: 34–24, 21–20
United States United States 98,  Japan 40
Scoring by half: 33–20, 65–20
United States United States 101,  Thailand 29
Scoring by half: 54–12, 47–17
Japan Japan 61,  Philippines 76
Scoring by half: 29–37, 32–39
Thailand Thailand 50,  Japan 70
Scoring by half: 20–35, 30–35
United States United States 121,  Philippines 53
Scoring by half: 66–23, 55–30

Group B[edit]

TEAM PTS P W L PF PA
 France 6 3 3 0 236 183
 Soviet Union 5 3 2 1 255 177
 Canada 4 3 1 2 206 234
 Singapore 3 3 0 3 154 257
Soviet Union Soviet Union 97,  Canada 59
Scoring by half: 46–20, 51–39
Singapore Singapore 54,  France 81
Scoring by half: 22–44, 32–37
Soviet Union Soviet Union 67,  France 76
Scoring by half: 18–24, 49–52
Canada Canada 85,  Singapore 58
Scoring by half: 51–30, 34–28
Soviet Union Soviet Union 91,  Singapore 42
Scoring by half: 40–21, 51–21
France France 79,  Canada 62
Scoring by half: 43–35, 36–27

Group C[edit]

TEAM PTS P W L PF PA
 Uruguay 6 3 3 0 238 187
 Bulgaria 5 3 2 1 242 199
 Formosa 4 3 1 2 216 249
 South Korea 3 3 0 3 194 255
Korea South Korea 76,  Formosa 83
Scoring by half: 28–42, 48–41
Uruguay Uruguay 70,  Bulgaria 65
Scoring by half: 38–35, 32–30
Uruguay Uruguay 85,  Formosa 62
Scoring by half: 39–36, 46–26
Bulgaria Bulgaria 89,  South Korea 58
Scoring by half: 47–33, 42–25
Formosa Taiwan 71,  Bulgaria 88
Scoring by half: 35–47, 36–41
Uruguay Uruguay 83,  South Korea 60
Scoring by half: 35–25, 48–35

Group D[edit]

TEAM PTS P W L PF PA
 Brazil 4 2 2 0 167 125
 Chile 3 2 1 1 137 134
 Australia 2 2 0 2 122 167
Chile Chile 59,  Brazil 78
Scoring by half: 34–39, 25–39
Brazil Brazil 89,  Australia 66
Scoring by half: 50–35, 39–31
Chile Chile 78,  Australia 56
Scoring by half: 37–27, 41–29

9th-15th place classification games[edit]

Group 1 (9–15)[edit]

Proceed to the 9th-12th place classification playoffs
Proceed to the 13th-15th place classification playoffs
TEAM PTS P W L PF PA
 Formosa 6 3 3 0 218 189
 Australia 5 3 2 1 258 208
 Singapore 4 3 1 2 200 215
 Thailand 3 3 0 3 150 214
Singapore Singapore 64,  Formosa 67
Scoring by half: 23–26, 41–41
Australia Australia 87,  Thailand 48
Scoring by half: 48–23, 39–25
Thailand Thailand 50,  Singapore 62
Scoring by half: 26–29, 24–33
Australia Australia 73,  Formosa 86
Scoring by half: 40–39, 33–47
Formosa Taiwan 65,  Thailand 52
Scoring by half: 35–31, 30–21
Australia Australia 98,  Singapore 74
Scoring by half: 48–36, 50–38

Group 2 (9–15)[edit]

TEAM PTS P W L PF PA
 Canada 4 2 2 0 147 123
 Japan 3 2 1 1 143 140
 South Korea 0 2 0 2 130 157
Korea South Korea 63,  Canada 74 (OT)
Scoring by half: 31–32, 31–30 Overtime: 1–12
Japan Japan 83,  South Korea 67
Scoring by half: 36–23, 47–44
Canada Canada 73,  Japan 60
Scoring by half: 40–26, 33–34

13th-15th place classification playoffs[edit]

13th-15th place semifinals 13th place game
December 1, 1956
 Thailand Thailand  47  
 South Korea South Korea  61  
 
December 1, 1956
     South Korea South Korea  79
   Singapore Singapore  92
15th place game
 Singapore Singapore    Thailand Thailand  
 BYE      BYE  
  • Thailand was named as the final placers of the games because of their loss to the Koreans.

9th-12th place classification playoffs[edit]

9th-12th place semifinals 9th place game
December 1, 1956
 Taiwan Formosa  61  
 Japan Japan  82  
 
December 1, 1956
     Japan Japan  60
   Canada Canada  75
11th place game
December 1, 1956 December 1, 1956
 Australia Australia  38  Taiwan Formosa  87
 Canada Canada  83    Australia Australia  70

Quarterfinals[edit]

Advance to the semifinals
Relegated to the 5th-8th classification

Quarterfinal Group A[edit]

TEAM PTS P W L PF PA
 France 5 3 2 1 195 187
 Uruguay 5 3 2 1 221 209
 Chile 4 3 1 2 221 220
 Philippines 4 3 1 2 204 225
France France 71,  Chile 60
Scoring by half: 37–23, 34–37
Uruguay Uruguay 79,  Philippines 70 (OT)
Scoring by half: 42–39, 26–29 Overtime: 11–2
Uruguay Uruguay 80,  Chile 73
Scoring by half: 40–25, 40–48
 Philippines 65, France France 58 (OT)
'Scoring by half: 30–26, 25–29 Overtime: 10–3
Chile Chile 88,  Philippines 69
Scoring by half: 42–32, 46–37
Uruguay Uruguay 62,  France 66
Scoring by half: 31–38, 31–28

Quarterfinal Group B[edit]

TEAM PTS P W L PF PA
 United States 6 3 3 0 283 150
 Soviet Union 5 3 2 1 208 209
 Bulgaria 4 3 1 2 182 224
 Brazil 3 3 0 3 192 282
Bulgaria Bulgaria 44,  United States 85
Scoring by half: 19–48, 25–37
Brazil Brazil 68,  Soviet Union 87
Scoring by half: 28–37, 40–50
Bulgaria Bulgaria 56,  Soviet Union 66
Scoring by half: 32–37, 24–29
United States United States 113,  Brazil 51
Scoring by half: 50–22, 63–29
Soviet Union Soviet Union 55,  United States 85
Scoring by half: 32–39, 23–46
Bulgaria Bulgaria 82,  Brazil 73
Scoring by half: 38–36, 44–37

5th-8th place classification playoffs[edit]

5th-8th place semifinals 5th place game
 Chile Chile  64  
 Brazil Brazil  89  
 
     Brazil Brazil  52
   Bulgaria Bulgaria  64
7th place game
 Philippines Philippines  70  Chile Chile  68
 Bulgaria Bulgaria  80    Philippines Philippines  75

Championship playoffs[edit]

  Semifinals                    
  A1  France France 49  
  B2  Soviet Union Soviet Union 56   Final (Gold medal match)
      B2  Soviet Union Soviet Union 55
  Semifinals   B1  United States United States 89
  A2  Uruguay Uruguay 38
  B1  United States United States 101   Bronze medal match
    A1  France France 62
    A2  Uruguay Uruguay 71

Awards[edit]

1956 Olympic Basketball Champions
United States
United States
Fourth title

Final Rankings[edit]

Olympic Champion
Olympic Runner-Up
Olympic Third Placers
Pos Team Record
1st, gold medalist(s) United States United States 8-0
2nd, silver medalist(s) Soviet Union Soviet Union 5-3
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Uruguay Uruguay 6-2
4th France France 5-3
5th Bulgaria Bulgaria 5-3
6th Brazil Brazil 3-4
7th Philippines Philippines 4-4
8th Chile Chile 2-5
9th Canada Canada 5-2
10th Japan Japan 3-4
11th Taiwan Republic of China (Formosa) 5-3
12th Australia Australia 2-5
13th Singapore Singapore 2-5
14th South Korea South Korea 1-6
15th Thailand Thailand 0-7

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