Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

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Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Tournament details
Host countrySouth Korea
CitySeoul
Dates17–30 September
Teams12 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (2nd title)
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place United States
Fourth place Australia
Tournament statistics
Games played46
Top scorerBrazil Oscar Schmidt
(42.3 points per game)

The men's tournament in basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, began on 17 September and ended on 30 September. It was the last Olympic basketball tournament in which NBA players were not allowed to participate. Although professionals from other leagues were allowed to compete, since players from other leagues were still considered amateurs. This was also the last Olympic men's basketball tournament in which the Soviets fielded a team, as the USSR dissolved prior to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

The Soviet Union won their second gold medal, after defeating Yugoslavia, 76–63, in the gold medal match.

Competition schedule[edit]

G Group stage ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals C Classification matches B Bronze medal match F Final
Sat 17 Sun 18 Mon 19 Tue 20 Wed 21 Thu 22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30
G G G G G G C ¼ C ½ C B C F

Qualification[edit]

A NOC could enter one men's team with 12 players. Automatic qualifications were granted to the host country and the winners from the previous edition. The remaining teams were decided by the continental championships in Asia, Oceania, Africa and Americas and European qualifying tournament. Champions of Asia and Oceania, top two teams from Africa and top three from Americas earned direct qualification. Last three berths are allocated from European qualifying tournament, held in Netherlands.

Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
1984 Summer Olympics 29 July – 10 August 1984 United States Los Angeles 1  United States
Host nation 1  South Korea
1987 FIBA Oceania Championship 31 August – 4 September 1987 New Zealand Timaru
New Zealand Christchurch
1  Australia
FIBA Africa Championship 1987 17–27 December 1987 Tunisia Tunis 2  Central African Republic
 Egypt
1988 Tournament of the Americas 22–31 May 1988 Uruguay Montevideo 3  Brazil
 Puerto Rico
 Canada
European qualifying tournament July 1988 Netherlands Netherlands 3  Soviet Union
 Yugoslavia
 Spain
1987 ABC Championship 14–27 November 1987 Thailand Bangkok 1  China
Total 12

Squads[edit]

Each NOC was limited to one team per tournament. Each team had a roster of twelve players.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Yugoslavia 5 4 1 468 384 +84 9 Quarter-finals
2  Soviet Union 5 4 1 460 393 +67 9
3  Australia 5 3 2 429 408 +21 8
4  Puerto Rico 5 3 2 382 387 −5 8
5  Central African Republic 5 1 4 346 436 −90 6
6  South Korea 5 0 5 384 461 −77 5
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.


September 18
Australia  81–77  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 50–36, 31–41
18 September 1988
Central African Republic  73–70  South Korea
Scoring by half: 47–30, 26–40
18 September 1988
Soviet Union  79–92  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 33–39, 46–53
20 September 1988
South Korea  74–79  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 30–38, 44–41
20 September 1988
Central African Republic  79–92  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 33–39, 46–53
September 20
Australia  69–91  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 35–53, 34–38
21 September 1988
South Korea  92–104  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 46–48, 46–56
September 21
Puerto Rico  81–93 (OT)  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 39–37, 37–39 Overtime: 5–17
September 21
Australia  106–67  Central African Republic
Scoring by half: 57–35, 49–32
September 23
Central African Republic  67–71  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 41–27, 26–34
23 September 1988
South Korea  73–110  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 38–59, 35–51
23 September 1988
Australia  78–98  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 43–52, 35–46
24 September 1988
Australia  95–75  South Korea
Scoring by half: 51–39, 44–36
September 24
Central African Republic  78–87  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 31–40, 47–47
24 September 1988
Puerto Rico  74–72  Yugoslavia
Scoring by half: 36–37, 38–35

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  United States 5 5 0 485 302 +183 10 Quarter-finals
2  Spain 5 4 1 484 435 +49 9
3  Brazil 5 3 2 590 522 +68 8
4  Canada 5 2 3 479 455 +24 7
5  China 5 1 4 433 527 −94 6
6  Egypt 5 0 5 338 568 −230 5
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points average among tied; 4) Points average.


September 17
China  98–84  Egypt
Scoring by half: 47–43, 51–41
17 September 1988
Brazil  125–109  Canada
Scoring by half: 56–45, 69–64
18 September 1988
Spain  53–97  United States
Scoring by half: 32–48, 21–49
20 September 1988
Brazil  130–108  China
Scoring by half: 72–61, 58–47
20 September 1988
Canada  70–76  United States
Scoring by half: 42–40, 28–36
September 20
Egypt  70–113  Spain
Scoring by half: 44–57, 26–56
21 September 1988
Brazil  87–102  United States
Scoring by half: 55–63, 32–39
September 21
Canada  117–64  Egypt
Scoring by half: 61–32, 56–32
September 21
China  74–106  Spain
Scoring by half: 43–59, 31–57
September 23
Canada  84–94  Spain
Scoring by half: 51–45, 33–49
23 September 1988
Brazil  138–85  Egypt
Scoring by half: 66–38, 72–47
23 September 1988
China  57–108  United States
Scoring by half: 26–59, 31–49
September 24
Canada  99–96  China
Scoring by half: 56–52, 43–44
24 September 1988
Egypt  35–102  United States
Scoring by half: 21–62, 14–40
24 September 1988
Brazil  110–118  Spain
Scoring by half: 57–61, 53–57

Knockout stage[edit]

Championship bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
          
 
September 26
 
 
(A1)  Yugoslavia95
 
September 28
 
(B4)  Canada73
 
(A1)  Yugoslavia91
 
September 26
 
(A3)  Australia70
 
(B2)  Spain74
 
September 30
 
(A3)  Australia77
 
(A1)  Yugoslavia63
 
September 26
 
(A2)  Soviet Union76
 
(B1)  United States94
 
September 28
 
(A4)  Puerto Rico57
 
(B1)  United States76
 
September 26
 
(A2)  Soviet Union82 Bronze medal match
 
(A2)  Soviet Union110
 
September 29
 
(B3)  Brazil105
 
(A3)  Australia49
 
 
(B1)  United States78
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

26 September 1988 (1988-09-26)
21:30
Yugoslavia  95–73  Canada
Scoring by half: 40–26, 55–47
Pts: Divac 17
Rebs: Vranković 9
Asts: Cvjetićanin, Divac, Petrović 2
Pts: Walton 17
Rebs: Mungar, Walton 7
Asts: Hatch 2
26 September 1988 (1988-09-26)
16:30
Spain  74–77  Australia
Scoring by half: 40–41, 34–36
Pts: San Epifanio 17
Rebs: Martínez, Jiménez 7
Asts: Montero 3
Pts: Gaze 28
Rebs: Sengstock 5
Asts: 4 players 1
26 September 1988
11:45
United States  94–57  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 48–28, 46–29
Pts: Manning 18
Rebs: Manning 7
Asts: C.D. Smith 3
Pts: Cruz 12
Rebs: Mincy 8
Asts: Cruz 4
26 September 1988
19:30
Soviet Union  110–105  Brazil
Scoring by half: 53–58, 57–47
Pts: Kurtinaitis 24
Rebs: Sabonis 9
Asts: Sabonis, Tarakanov, Volkov 2
Pts: Schmidt 46
Rebs: Israel 11
Asts: Maury 5

Semifinals[edit]

28 September 1988 (1988-09-28)

Yugoslavia  91–70  Australia
Scoring by half: 44–31, 47–39
Pts: Petrović 24
Rebs: Divac 10
Asts: Petrović 3
Pts: Gaze 27
Rebs: Borner, Vlahov 4
Asts: Sengstock 4
28 September 1988 (1988-09-28)
12:00
United States  76–82  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 37–47, 39–35
Pts: Robinson 19
Rebs: Robinson 12
Asts: Coles 2
Pts: Kurtinaitis 28
Rebs: Sabonis 13
Asts: Volkov 5

Bronze medal game[edit]

29 September 1998 (1998-09-29)
21:30
Australia  49–78  United States
Scoring by half: 29–52, 20–26
Pts: Gaze 17
Rebs: Sengstock 6
Asts: Smyth 2
Pts: Majerle, Richmond, Robinson 12
Rebs: Richmond, Robinson 7
Asts: Richmond 2

Gold medal game[edit]

30 September 1998 (1998-09-30)

Yugoslavia  63–76  Soviet Union
Scoring by half: 28–31, 35–45
Pts: Petrović 24
Rebs: Divac 7
Asts: Petrović 4
Pts: Marčiulionis 21
Rebs: Sabonis 15
Asts: Marčiulionis 6

Classification round[edit]

5th–8th Place

  September 28     5th place (September 30)
                 
  B3  Brazil 104  
  A4  Puerto Rico 86    
      B3  Brazil 106
      B4  Canada 90
  B4  Canada 96    
  B2  Spain 91   7th place (September 29)
 
A4  Puerto Rico 93
  B2  Spain 92

9th–12th Place

  September 26     9th place (September 29)
                 
  A5  Central Afr. Rep. 63  
  B6  Egypt 57    
      A5  Central Afr. Rep. 81
      A6  South Korea 89
  B5  China 90    
  A6  South Korea 93   11th place (September 29)
 
B6  Egypt 75
  B5  China 97
Classification 5–8 semifinals
28 September 1988
9:45
Brazil  104–86  Puerto Rico
Scoring by half: 51–39, 53–47
Pts: Schmidt 46
Rebs: Schmidt 9
Asts: Guerrinha 7
Pts: E. de León 19
Rebs: E. de León 10
Asts: Cruz 2
28 September 1998 (1998-09-28)
14:30
Canada  96–91  Spain
Scoring by half: 41–42, 55–49
Pts: Triano 27
Rebs: Raffin 8
Asts: Raffin 4
Pts: Jiménez 16
Rebs: Jiménez 6
Asts: Solozábal 5
Classification 7–8
29 September 1988
19:30
Puerto Rico  93–92  Spain
Scoring by half: 47–45, 46–47
Pts: Morales 25
Rebs: Ortíz, Mincy 8
Asts: Ortíz 4
Pts: Jiménez 31
Rebs: Jiménez 8
Asts: Solozábal 6
Classification 5–6
30 September 1988
09:45
Brazil  106–90  Canada
Scoring by half: 43–39, 63–51
Pts: Schmidt 41
Rebs: Pipoka 17
Asts: Villas Boas, Schmidt 2
Pts: Triano 29
Rebs: Hatch 10
Asts: Yearwood 3
Classification 9–12 semifinals
26 September 1998 (1998-09-26)
09:45
Central African Republic  63–57  Egypt
Scoring by half: 33–31, 30–26
Pts: F. Goporo, Bella 15
Rebs: Lavodrama 16
Asts: Lavodrama 7
Pts: Khalil 17
Rebs: Khalil 8
Asts: Amir 4
26 September 1988
09:45
China  90–93  South Korea
Scoring by half: 48–47, 42–46
Pts: Li 22
Rebs: Wang L. 7
Asts: Li 2
Pts: Kim HJ 17
Rebs: Kim YT 12
Asts: Kim HJ, Kim YT, Yoo 2
Classification 11–12
29 September 1998 (1998-09-29)
14:30
Egypt  75–97  China
Scoring by half: 42–56, 33–41
Pts: Khalil 26
Rebs: Moussa 6
Asts: Moussa, Sedky 1
Pts: Zhang Y. 33
Rebs: Song 12
Asts: Sun, Wang L., Zhang Y. 3
Classification 9–10
29 September 1988
16:30
Central African Republic  81–89  South Korea
Scoring by half: 41–43, 40–46
Pts: Lavodrama 14
Rebs: Lavodrama 12
Asts: Kotta 3
Pts: Lee CH 31
Rebs: Lee MK 8
Asts: Kim HJ 6

Awards[edit]

1988 Olympic Basketball Champions
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Second title

Final ranking[edit]

Rankings are determined by classification games:

Rank Team Pld W L PF PA PD
Gold medal game participants
1st, gold medalist(s)  Soviet Union 8 7 1
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Yugoslavia 8 6 2
Bronze medal game participants
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  United States 8 7 1
4th  Australia 8 4 4
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th  Brazil 8 5 3
6th  Canada 8 3 5
7th  Puerto Rico 8 4 4
8th  Spain 8 4 4
Eliminated at the preliminary round
9th  South Korea 7 2 5
10th  Central African Republic 7 2 5
11th  China 7 2 5
12th  Egypt 7 0 7

References[edit]