Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics

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2nd Olympic Basketball Tournament
London 1948
Tournament details
Olympics 1948 Summer Olympics
Host nation United Kingdom
City London
Men's tournament
Teams 23
1 Gold medalists  United States
2 Silver medalists  France
3 Bronze medalists  Brazil
← Berlin 1936  Helsinki 1952 →

Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics was the second appearance of the sport as an official medal event. A total number of 23 nations entered the competition.

Olympic basketball returned to indoor competition in Harringay Arena, after the disastrous weather conditions of the final game in the 1936 Summer Olympics.


  • In the preliminary rounds, teams were divided into 3 groups of 6 squads and a group with 5 squads.
  • The preliminary round was played in a single round-robin format
  • The Group tournament ranking system was observed as follows:
Team Result Point Equivalent
Game Win 2
Game loss via ordinary circumstances 1
Game loss via default 0
  • Ties were broken by the ratio of points scored to points allowed.
  • After the preliminaries, the top 2 teams in each group will advance to the final round.
  • The 4 remaining teams went to their respective classification playoffs.


Gold Silver Bronze
 United States (USA)
Cliff Barker
Don Barksdale
Ralph Beard
Lew Beck
Vince Boryla
Gordon Carpenter
Alex Groza
Wah Wah Jones
Bob Kurland
Ray Lumpp
R. C. Pitts
Jesse Renick
Jackie Robinson
Kenny Rollins
 France (FRA)
André Barrais
Michel Bonnevie
André Buffière
René Chocat
René Dérency
Maurice Desaymonnet
André Even
Maurice Girardot
Fernand Guillou
Raymond Offner
Jacques Perrier
Yvan Quénin
Lucien Rebuffic
Pierre Thiolon
 Brazil (BRA)
Ruy de Freitas
Marcus Vinícius Dias
Affonso Évora
Alexandre Gemignani
Alfredo da Motta
Alberto Marson
Nilton Pacheco
Massinet Sorcinelli

Participating teams[edit]

Defending Olympic Champion
Olympic Runner-up
Third placers
Host nation
Americas Europe Asia Africa Oceania
 United States  Great Britain  Philippines  Egypt  Switzerland
 Brazil  Italy  South Korea
 Mexico  France  Republic of China
 Uruguay  Hungary  Iran
 Canada  Belgium  Iraq
 Chile  Czechoslovakia

Playoff berths for the Tournament[edit]

Region Berth Allocation
Automatic From the Previous

Olympic Games

Total Berths


FIBA Americas 6 3 9
FIBA Asia 5 N/A 5
FIBA Europe 7 7
FIBA Africa 1 1
FIBA Oceania 1 1
Total 20 3 23


Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Brazil 5 5 0 261 150 +111 10
 Uruguay 5 3 2 246 170 +76 8
 Hungary 5 3 2 201 172 +29 8
 Canada 5 3 2 222 205 +17 8
 Italy 5 1 4 170 208 −38 6
 Great Britain 5 0 5 103 298 −195 5
  • Uruguay def. Great Britain, 69–17
  • Brazil def. Hungary, 45–41
  • Canada def. Italy, 55–37
  • Brazil def. Uruguay, 36–32
  • Canada def. Great Britain, 44–24
  • Hungary def. Italy, 32–19
  • Brazil def. Great Britain, 76–11
  • Hungary def. Canada, 37–36
  • Uruguay def. Italy, 46–34
  • Italy def. Great Britain, 49–28
  • Uruguay def. Hungary, 49–31
  • Brazil def. Canada, 57–35
  • Hungary def. Great Britain, 60–23
  • Brazil def. Italy, 47–31
  • Canada def. Uruguay, 52–50

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 South Korea 5 3 2 258 152 +106 8
 Chile 5 3 2 269 162 +107 8
 Belgium 5 3 2 234 156 +78 8
 Republic of China 5 3 2 281 202 +79 8
 Philippines 5 3 2 261 200 +61 8
 Iraq 5 0 5 113 545 −432 5
  • Philippines def. Iraq, 102–30
  • Korea def. Belgium, 29–27
  • Chile def. China, 44–39
  • Chile def. Iraq, 100–18
  • Philippines def. Korea, 35–33
  • China def. Belgium, 36–34
  • Chile def. Philippines, 68–39
  • Belgium def. Iraq, 98–20
  • China def. Korea, 49–48
  • Belgium def. Chile, 38–36
  • Korea def. Iraq, 120–20
  • Philippines def. China, 51–32
  • Belgium def. Philippines, 35–34
  • China def. Iraq, 125–25
  • Korea def. Chile, 28–21

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 5 5 0 325 167 +158 10
 Czechoslovakia 5 4 1 217 190 +27 9
 Argentina 5 3 2 236 199 +37 8
 Peru 5 2 3 198 187 +11 7
 Egypt 5 1 4 162 256 −94 6
 Switzerland 5 0 5 120 269 −149 5
  • United States def. Switzerland, 86–21
  • Czechoslovakia def. Peru, 38–30
  • Argentina def. Egypt, 57–38
  • Peru def. Egypt, 52–27
  • Argentina def. Switzerland, 49–23
  • United States def. Czechoslovakia, 53–28
  • Peru def. Switzerland, 49–19
  • United States def. Argentina, 59–57
  • Czechoslovakia def. Egypt, 52–38
  • United States def. Egypt, 66–28
  • Czechoslovakia def. Switzerland, 54–28
  • Argentina def. Peru, 42–34
  • Egypt def. Switzerland, 31–29
  • United States def. Peru, 61–33
  • Czechoslovakia def. Argentina, 45–41

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Mexico 4 4 0 234 109 +125 8
 France 4 3 1 214 131 +83 7
 Cuba 4 2 2 213 131 +82 6
 Iran 4 1 3 136 215 −79 5
 Ireland 4 0 4 70 281 −211 4
  • France def. Iran, 62–30
  • Mexico def. Cuba, 39–31
  • Mexico def. Ireland, 71–9
  • France def. Cuba, 37–31
  • Mexico def. France, 56–42
  • Iran def. Ireland, 49–22
  • Mexico def. Iran, 68–27
  • Cuba def. Ireland, 88–25
  • Cuba def. Iran, 63–30
  • France def. Ireland, 73–14

17th-23rd place classification playoffs[edit]

  21st place game 21st-23rd place semifinals 17th-23rd place quarterfinals 17th-20th place semifinals 17th place game
    B4 Taiwan China 42  
    C6 Switzerland Switzerland 34  
  C6 Switzerland Switzerland 55       B4 Taiwan China 54  
  D5 Republic of Ireland Ireland 12       A6 United Kingdom Great Britain 25  
  A6 United Kingdom Great Britain 46
    D5 Republic of Ireland Ireland 21  
  C6 Switzerland Switzerland 20       B4 Taiwan China 38
  B6 Iraq Iraq 0       A5 Italy Italy 54
    A5 Italy Italy 77  
      B6 Iraq Iraq 28  
B6 Iraq Iraq -       A5 Italy Italy 35
  23rd place game     - BYE -       C5 Egypt Egypt 33     19th place game
  D5 Republic of Ireland Ireland -   C5 Egypt Egypt -   A6 United Kingdom Great Britain 18
  - BYE -     - BYE -     C5 Egypt Egypt 50
  • Ireland was named as the 23rd and the last placers of the tournament because of the bye they received from Team Egypt.

9th-16th place classification playoffs[edit]

9-16th place quarter-finals 9-12th place semi-finals 9th place match
(B3)  Belgium (W/O) 2
(A3)  Hungary 0
(B3)  Belgium 40
(A4)  Canada 45
(A4)  Canada 81
(D4)  Iran 25
(A4)  Canada 49
(C4)  Peru 43
(C4)  Peru 45
(D3)  Cuba 40
(C4)  Peru 40
(B5)  Philippines 29 11th place match
(B5)  Philippines 45
(C3)  Argentina 43
(B3)  Belgium 38
(B5)  Philippines 34
13-16th place semi-finals 13th place match
(A3)  Hungary 0
(D4)  Iran (W/O) 2
(D4)  Iran 0
15th place match
  13th place game 13-16th place semifinals 9th-16th place quarterfinals 9th-12th place semifinals 9th place game
    B3 Belgium Belgium 20  
    A3 Hungary Hungary 0  
  A3 Hungary Hungary 0       B3 Belgium Belgium 40  
  D4 Iran Iran 20       A4 Canada Canada 45  
  A4 Canada Canada 81
    D4 Iran Iran 25  
  D4 Iran Iran 36       A4 Canada Canada 49
  D3 Cuba Cuba 70       C4 Peru Peru 43
    C4 Peru Peru 45  
      D3 Cuba Cuba 40  
D3 Cuba Cuba 35       C4 Peru Peru 40
  15th place game     C3 Argentina Argentina 34       B5 Philippines Philippines 29     11th place game
  A3 Hungary Hungary 0   B5 Philippines Philippines 45   B3 Belgium Belgium 38
  C3 Argentina Argentina 20     C3 Argentina Argentina 43     B5 Philippines Philippines 34
  • Hungary forfeited all of the matches in this round as indicated above.

Final Round[edit]

  5th place match 5th-8th place semifinals Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
    C1 United States United States 63  
    A2 Uruguay Uruguay 28  
  A2 Uruguay Uruguay 45       C1 United States United States 71  
  B1 South Korea South Korea 36       D1 Mexico Mexico 40  
  D1 Mexico Mexico 43
    B1 South Korea South Korea 32  
  A2 Uruguay Uruguay 50       C1 United States United States 65
  B2 Chile Chile 32       D2 France France 21
    A1 Brazil Brazil 28  
      C2 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 23  
C2 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 36       A1 Brazil Brazil 33
  7th place match     B2 Chile Chile 38       D2 France France 45     3rd place match
  B1 South Korea South Korea 38   D2 France France 53   D1 Mexico Mexico 47
  C2 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 39     B2 Chile Chile 52     A1 Brazil Brazil 52

Participating nations[edit]

Each country was allowed to enter one team of 14 players and they all were eligible for participation.

A total of 298(*) basketball players from 23 nations competed at the London Games:

(*) NOTE: There are only players counted, which participated in one game at least, according to the official report, because the rosters for the matches are unknown. It is also unknown up to now, if there were more reserve players.

(*) and (**) It is uncertain if P. Benedek and J. Verbenyi played for Hungary in this tournament. The official report shows them, but Hungarian sources did not, however they are counted.


Place Nation
1  United States (USA)
Coach: Omar Browning (Phillips 66ers (Bartlesville, OK))
Cliff Barker (University of Kentucky)
Don Barksdale (Oakland Bittners/UCLA)
Ralph Beard (University of Kentucky)
Lew Beck (Phillips 66ers/Oregon State)
Vince Boryla (Denver Nuggets/Denver)
Gordon Carpenter (Phillips 66ers/Arkansas)
Alex Groza (University of Kentucky)
Wah Wah Jones (University of Kentucky)
Bob Kurland (Phillips 66ers/Oklahoma St.)
Ray Lumpp (New York University)
R. C. Pitts (Phillips 66ers/Arkansas)
Jesse Renick (Phillips 66ers/Oklahoma St.)
Jackie Robinson (Baylor University)
Kenny Rollins (University of Kentucky)
2  France (FRA)
3  Brazil (BRA)
Coach: Moacir Daiuto
4  Mexico (MEX)
Angel Acuña Lizaña
Issac Alfaro Loza
Alberto Bienvenu Barajas
Jorge Cardiel Gaytán
José de la Cruz Cabrera Gándara
Rodolfo Díaz Mercado
Francisco Galindo Chávez
Jorge Gudiño Goya
Héctor Guerrero Delgado
Emilio López Enríquez
Fernando Rojas Herrera
José Rojas Herera
Ignacio Romo Porchas
Josué Santos de León Neri
5  Uruguay (URU)
Martín Acosta y Lara
Néstor F. Anton Giudice
Victorio Cieslinskas
Nelson Demarco
Miguel Carlos Diab Figoli
Abraham Eidlin Grossman
Eduardo A. Folle Colombo
Héctor García
Eduardo M. Gordon Morgan
Adesio Lombardo
Roberto Lovera
Gustavo Magariños Morales de los Ríos
Carlos Roselló
Héctor Ruiz
6  Chile (CHI)
Eduardo Cordero Fernández
Ezequiel Figueroa Reyes
Juan José Gallo Chinchilla
Roberto Hammer Casadio
Eduardo Kapstein Suckel
Manuel Ledesma Barrales
Víctor Mahana Badrie
Luis Enrique Marmentini Gil
Andrés Mitrovic Guic
Antonio Moreno Rodillo
Eduardo Parra Rojas
Hermán Raffo Abarca
Marcos Sánchez Carmona
Guillermo Verdugo Yañez
7  Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Coach: Josef Fleischlinger
Karel Bělohradský
Cyril Benáček
Jiří Chlup
Jiří Drvota
Josef Ezr
Jozef Kalina
Jan Kozák
Václav Krása
Zoltán Krenický
Jozef Křepela
Ivan Mrázek
Jiří Siegel
Josef Toms
Ladislav Trpkoš
8  South Korea (KOR)
Ahn Byung-Suk
Bang Won-Sun
Chang Chin-Ri
Chyo Joon-Deuk
Kang Hyun-Bong
Kim Shin-Chung
Lee Hoon-Sang
Lee Yung-Choon
Oh Chul-Soo
9  Canada (CAN)
Coach: Bob Osborne (University of British Columbia))
Ole Bakken (University of British Columbia)
Bill Bell (University of British Columbia)
Doodie Bloomfield (Montréal YMHA)
Dave Campbell (University of British Columbia)
Harry Kermode (University of British Columbia)
Bennie Lands (Montréal YMHA)
Pat McGeer (University of British Columbia)
Reid Mitchell (University of British Columbia)
Mendy Morein (Montréal YMHA)
Nev Munro (University of British Columbia)
Bobby Scarr (University of British Columbia)
Cy Strulovitch (Montréal YMHA)
Sol Tolchinsky (Montréal YMHA)
Murray Waxman (Montréal YMHA)
10  Peru (PER)
G. Ahrens Valdivia
Carlos Alegre Benavides
David Descalzo Álvarez
Virgilio Drago Burga
Alberto Fernández Calderón
Arturo Ferreyros Pérez
Eduardo Fiestas Arce
Rodolfo Salas Crespo
Luis Sánchez Maquiavelo
R. Ríos Soracco
José Vizcarra Nieto
11  Belgium (BEL)
Georges Baert
Auguste Bernaer
Henri Coosemans
François de Pauw
Henri Hermans
André Hollanders
Henri Hollanders
Emile Kets
Léon Lampo
Julien Meuris
Gustave Poppe
René Steurbaut
Luois van de Goor
Armand van Wambeke
12  Philippines (PHI)
Coach: Dionisio Calvo
Manuel Araneta
Ramón Campos
Eduardo Decena
Andrés de la Cruz
Felicisimo Fajardo
Gabriel Fajardo
Edgardo Fulgencio
Antonio Luis Martínez
Lauro Mumar
Francisco Vestil
13  Cuba (CUB)
Mario Aguero Medrano
José Miguel Alvarez Pozo
Casimiro García Artime
Juan García García
R. Carlos García Ordoñez
Francisco Lavernia Hernández
José Llanusa Gobel
Miguel Llaneras Rodríguez
Federico López Garviso
Pedro Manuel Otero Vázquez
Mario Quintero Padrón
Fabio Ruiz Vinajeras
Ramón Wiltz Bucelo
Otazo A. Paget
14  Iran (IRI)
Coach: Kazem Rahbari
Kazem Ashtari
Asghar Ehsasi
Fereidoun Esfandiari
Hossein Hashemi
Hossein Jabbarzadegan
Hossein Karandish
Farhang Mohtadi
Houshang Rafatjah
Fereydoon Sadeghi
Ziaoddin Shadman
Abolfazl Solbi
Hossein Sorouri
Hossein Saoudipour
15  Argentina (ARG)
Coach: Jorge Hugo Canavesi
Raúl Calvo
Leopoldo Contarbio
Oscar Furlong
Ricardo González
Manuel Guerrero
Rafael Lledó
León Martinetti
Rubén Menini
Jorge Nuré
Oscar Pérez Cattáno
Arturo Ruffa
Juan Carlos Uder
Bruno Varani
Tomás Vío
16  Hungary (HUN)
Antal Bánkuti
P. Benedek
János Halász
Géza Kardos
József Kozma
István Lovrics
Tibor Mezőfi
György Nagy
László Novakovszky
Attila Timár Geng
István Timár Geng
Ede Vadászi
J. Verbenyi
Tibor Zsíros
17  Italy (ITA)
Gianfranco Bersani
Carlo Cerioni
Sergio Ferriani
Ezio Mantelli
Federico Marietti
Giancarlo Marinelli
Giovanni Nesti
Valentino Pellarini
Giancarlo Primo
Renzo Ranuzzi
Luigi Rapini
Romeo Romanutti
Sergio Stefanini
Vittorio Tracuzzi
18  Republic of China (ROC)
Chia Chung-Chang
Chua Bon-Hua
Kya Is-Kyun
Lee Edward
Lee Tsun-Tung
Pao John Sung-Yuan
Wee Tian-Siak
Woo Cheng-Chang
Yee Jose
Yu Sai-Chang
19  Egypt (EGY)
Youssef Mohamed Abbas
Youssef Kamal Mohamed Abou-Ouf
Fouad Abdel Meguid Abu el Kheir
Armand Philippe Catafago
Mahmoud Gamal el Leissy
Albert Fahmy Tadros
Mohamed Habib
Abdelrahman Ismail Hafez
Robert Makzoume
Hassan Moawad
Medhat Youssef Mohamad
Hussein Kamal Montassir
Ahmed Nessim
Mohamed Soliman
20  Great Britain (GBR)
Frank Cole
Trevor C. Davies
Alexander Elk
Malcolm Finlay
Colin L. Hunt
Douglas C. Legg
Ronald H. Legg
Stanley McMeekan
Sydney McMeekan
Robert H. Norris
Lionel Price
Harry L. Weston
Stanley B. Weston
21  Switzerland (SUI)
Pierre Albrecht
Henri Baumann
Marc Bossy
Claude Chevalley
Maurice Chollet
Bernard Dutoit
Robert Geiser
Hans Gujer
Claude Landini
Jean Pare
G. Piaget
Jean Pollet
Georges Stockly
J. Tribolet
22  Iraq (IRQ)
H. Ahmed
Y. Emile
G. Hanna
A. Hashim
A. Irfan
A. Kanaan
F. Saleh
M. Salmain
Ali D. Salman
K. Wadoon
23  Ireland (IRL)
Harry Boland
Vincie Crehan
John Flynn
William Jackson
Thomas Keenan
James R. McGee
Gerald McLoughlin
Thomas Malone
Frank B. O'Connor
Donald O'Donovan
Daniel Reddin
Donald Sheriff
Patrick Sheriff
Christy Walsh
Liam Doherty


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