Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 637,827 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the three Baltic states, home to one third of Latvia's population and one tenth of the three Baltic states' combined population; the city lies at the mouth of the Daugava river. Riga's territory lies 1 -- 10 m above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain. Riga is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga's historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture. Riga was the European Capital of Culture along with Umeå in Sweden. Riga hosted the 2006 NATO Summit, the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, the 2006 IIHF Men's World Ice Hockey Championships and the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship, it is home to the European Union's office of European Regulators for Electronic Communications. In 2016, Riga received over 1.4 million visitors. It is served by the largest and busiest airport in the Baltic states. Riga is a member of Eurocities, the Union of the Baltic Cities and Union of Capitals of the European Union.
One theory about the origin of the name Riga is that it is a corrupted borrowing from the Liv ringa meaning loop, referring to the ancient natural harbour formed by the tributary loop of the Daugava River. The other is that Riga owes its name to this already-established role in commerce between East and West, as a borrowing of the Latvian rija, for threshing barn, the "j" becoming a "g" in German — notably, Riga is called Rie by English geographer Richard Hakluyt, German historian Dionysius Fabricius confirms the origin of Riga from rija. Another theory could be that Riga was named after Riege, the German name for the River Rīdzene, a tributary of the Daugava. Another theory is that Riga's name is introduced by the bishop Albert, initiator of christening and conquest of Livonian and Baltic people, he introduced an explanation of city name as derived from Latin rigata that symbolizes an "irrigation of dry pagan souls by Christianity". The river Daugava has been a trade route since antiquity, part of the Vikings' Dvina-Dnieper navigation route to Byzantium.
A sheltered natural harbour 15 km upriver from the mouth of the Daugava — the site of today's Riga — has been recorded, as Duna Urbs, as early as the 2nd century. It was settled by an ancient Finnic tribe. Riga began to develop as a centre of Viking trade during the early Middle Ages. Riga's inhabitants occupied themselves with fishing, animal husbandry, trading developing crafts; the Livonian Chronicle of Henry testifies to Riga having long been a trading centre by the 12th century, referring to it as portus antiquus, describes dwellings and warehouses used to store flax, hides. German traders began visiting Riga, establishing a nearby outpost in 1158. Along with German traders the monk Meinhard of Segeberg arrived to convert the Livonian pagans to Christianity. Catholic and Orthodox Christianity had arrived in Latvia more than a century earlier, many Latvians baptised. Meinhard settled among the Livs, building a castle and church at Ikšķile, upstream from Riga, established his bishopric there.
The Livs, continued to practice paganism and Meinhard died in Ikšķile in 1196, having failed in his mission. In 1198, the Bishop Berthold arrived with a contingent of crusaders and commenced a campaign of forced Christianization. Berthold died soon afterwards and his forces defeated; the Church mobilised to avenge the issuance of a bull by Pope Innocent III declaring a crusade against the Livonians. Bishop Albert was proclaimed Bishop of Livonia by his uncle Hartwig of Uthlede, Prince-Archbishop of Bremen and Hamburg in 1199. Albert landed in Riga in 1200 with 500 Westphalian crusaders. In 1201, he transferred the seat of the Livonian bishopric from Ikšķile to Riga, extorting agreement to do this from the elders of Riga by force; the year 1201 marked the first arrival of German merchants in Novgorod, via the Dvina. To defend territory and trade, Albert established the Order of Livonian Brothers of the Sword in 1202, open to nobles and merchants; the Christianization of the Livs continued. In 1207, Albert started to fortify the town.
Emperor Philip invested Albert with Livonia as a principality of the Holy Roman Empire. To promote a permanent military presence, territorial ownership was divided between the Church and the Order, with the Church taking Riga and two-thirds of all lands conquered and granting the Order a third; until it had been customary for crusaders to serve for a year and return home. Albert had ensured Riga's commercial future by obtaining papal bulls which decreed that all German merchants had to carry on their Baltic trade through Riga. In 1211, Riga minted its first coinage, Albert laid the cornerstone for the Riga Dom. Riga was not yet secure. In 1212, Albert led a campaign to compel Polotsk to grant German merchants free river passage. Polotsk conceded Kukenois and Jersika to Albert ending the Livs' tribute to Polotsk. Riga's merchant citizenry sought greater autonomy from the Church. In 1221, they acquired the right to independently self-administer Riga and adopted a city constitution; that same year Albert was compelled to recognise Danish rule over lands they had conquered in Estonia and Livonia.
Albert had sought the aid of King Valdemar of Denmark to protect Riga and Livonian lands against Liv insurrection when reinforcements could not
A basketball uniform is a type of uniform worn by basketball players. Basketball uniforms consist of a jersey that features the number and last name of the player on the back, as well as shorts and athletic shoes. Within teams, players wear uniforms representing the team colors. Different basketball leagues have different specifications for the type of uniform, allowed on the court. Early in the history of the sport, basketball was played in any type of athletic attire, but by the 1900s, special uniforms were developed and marketed to basketball players; the style and fit of basketball uniforms evolved throughout subsequent decades modeled after the general fashion trends of the day. Basketball was played in any type of athletic attire, ranging from track suits to football uniforms; the first official basketball uniforms, as displayed in the Spalding catalog of 1901, featured three types of pants: knee-length padded pants, similar to those worn for playing football, as well as shorter pants and knee-length tights.
There were two types of a quarter-length sleeve and a sleeveless version. The long pants evolved into medium-length shorts in the 1920s, by the 1930s, the material used for jerseys changed from heavy wool to the lighter polyester and nylon. In the 1970s and 80s, uniforms became tighter-fitting and shorts were shorter, consistent with the overall fashion trends of these two decades. At this time, women's basketball uniforms transitioned from longer-sleeved uniforms to tank-top style jerseys similar to men's basketball uniforms, which more explicitly showed off players' muscle tone. In 1984, Michael Jordan asked for longer shorts and helped popularize the move away from tight, short shorts toward the longer, baggier shorts worn by basketball players today. Throughout the 1990s, basketball uniforms fell under the influence of hip hop culture, with shorts becoming longer and looser-fitting, team colors brighter, designs more flashy and suggestive of rappers' bling. At the turn of the 21st century, basketball uniforms became more oversized and loose-fitting.
For the Christmas Day games of 2013, the NBA and its apparel partner Adidas introduced a newly designed sleeved jersey with large team and NBA logos on the front. Marketers for the new uniforms realized that fans were unwilling to wear sleeveless jerseys in their day-to-day life and hoped the new sleeved jerseys would be more popular for everyday wear. However, it was a "not-so-well-kept secret that the NBA wanted to implement jersey ads in the years following the introduction of sleeved jerseys" as the "sleeves allow more space for potential partners to add their corporate logos to jerseys" like association football. After the league deal with Adidas expired and Nike signed on as the new apparel partner, the sleeved jersey did not continue; the sleeved jersey was controversial among players. LeBron James famously ripped the sleeves off during a prime time game against the New York Knicks in 2015, but in the 2016 NBA Finals James convinced his teammates to wear the sleeved jerseys in Game 5 and again in the title-clinching Game 7.
In 1903, a special basketball shoe with suction cups to prevent slippage was added to the official basketball uniform demonstrated in the Spalding catalog. Over the decades, different shoe brands and styles were popular as basketball shoes: Chuck Taylor All-Stars and Keds in the 1960s and 70s. In the 1970s, Slick Watts and Bill Walton began to wear headbands, which soon became popular with other players. Rick Barry popularized wrist-bands, other players soon created variations, such as bands that covered their forearms or biceps; these were used to wipe off sweat, or worn as fashion statements. In professional basketball leagues today, teams playing at home wear lighter-colored uniforms than the visiting team; as of the 2017–18 season, the NBA has eliminated the distinction between designated "home" and "away" uniforms. The home team is now allowed to wear any uniform color it chooses, while its opponent may wear any color that sufficiently contrasts with the home team's choice. In the NBA, basketball shorts must fall at least 1 inch above the knee, T-shirts cannot be worn under the jersey – however, they are permitted in American college basketball.
Some NBA and WNBA teams have allowed sponsors' logos to appear on their uniforms. Uniforms are made of wicking material designed to ensure that it evaporates faster, they are the product of a four-year study researching professional basketball players, who identified the need for fewer seams, lighter weight, faster drying and cooling in their jerseys. The main difference between U. S. basketball uniforms and those of other countries is the appearance of sponsorship iconography. S. uniforms feature center. For the 2017-18 season, some U. S. teams have started putting sponsorship logos on their jerseys on the upper left of the jersey, a maximum of 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches. Sportswear
Martin Müürsepp is an Estonian former professional basketball player and current basketball coach. He played as a power forward for the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, several teams in Europe. Müürsepp was born in Tallinn, the son of Hilja Volter, who worked in a barbecue restaurant, Suido Müürsepp, a truck driver, he attended Tallinn 39 High School, Tallinn 43 High School and Tallinn Arte Gymnasium. Müürsepp, interested in football, began playing basketball at the age of nine under the former basketball player Andres Sõber, who had competed in the Soviet Basketball League for Kalev. In 1989 after successful games for Estonian SSR youth teams in Finland and Moscow, he caught Stanislav Eremin´s eye and was added to the shortlist of the Soviet national youth team alongside Vitaly Potapenko, Zakhar Pashutin, Roberts Štelmahers and Dainius Adomaitis. In the 1996 NBA Draft he was selected in the 1st round by the Utah Jazz. After the draft, Müürsepp was traded to Miami Heat for a future draft pick.
He has played 83 games in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks and the Heat, averaging 4.7 points, 2.2 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. His career highs include 24 points, 14 rebounds and 37 minutes played, he was involved when the Phoenix Suns traded Steve Nash to Dallas, but he never played for Phoenix, as they would get rid of him soon afterwards. As of 2016, he still stands as the only Estonian to have played basketball in the NBA. After the NBA he spent three years playing in Greece for Aris and AEK. With AEK he won the 2000 FIBA Saporta Cup and the 2000 and 2001 Greek Basketball Cups. Müürsepp became the silver medalist of the 2001–02 and 2003–04 Russian National League with UNICS and the 2002–03 with Ural Great Perm. In 2003–04 he won the newly formed FIBA EuroCup with UNICS Kazan and was named the first Final Four MVP, he played with CSKA Moscow in 2004–05 winning the Russian National League before returning to UNICS for the next season. After spending the 2006–07 season with Tartu Rock in Estonia, Müürsepp signed with the Australian NBL's Melbourne Tigers in August 2007.
Because of an injury, he left the team mid-season, returning to Estonia. In February 2008 he signed with Kalev/Cramo, he was a member of the team for a year, but played no official games. In March 2010 Müürsepp made his comeback with Rakvere Tarvas in the Estonian National League, he helped Tarvas to silver medals in the domestic league and decided to retire from active playing. Müürsepp became Kalev/Cramo's assistant coach in August 2010, he helped Kalev win six Estonian titles and left the team in November 2017 when head coach Alar Varrak was fired. In the summer of 2013 he worked as an assistant coach with the Belarus national basketball team during the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification. In January 2018 he became an assistant coach of Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ alongside Gert Kullamäe. Müürsepp became head coach of Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ after Kullamäe resigned in January 2019. In 1991 young Müürsepp was a member of the U-16 USSR Basketball team that placed fifth at the 1991 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship.
He was a member of the Estonian U-22 Basketball team. Müürsepp was a member of the Estonia national basketball team in 1993–2005 and 2007, his national team career-high score was 41 points against Iceland in autumn 1998, during the EuroBasket 1999 qualifaying round. Müürsepp was a member of the Estonian EuroBasket 2001 squad. 1995–96 Estonian Basketball League 1995–96 Estonian Basketball Cup 1999–00 Saporta Cup 1999–00 Greek Basketball Cup 2000–01 Greek Basketball Cup 2003–04 FIBA EuroCup 2004–05 Russian Basketball Super League 2004–05 Russian Basketball Cup 2006–07 Estonian Basketball League 2008–09 Estonian Basketball Cup 7× Estonian Basketball Player of the Year 2002–03 Russian League Play-offs MVP 2003–04 FIBA EuroCup Final Four MVP Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable. Soidro, Mart. Mürka. Pea jagu üle. Tallinn: Go Group. ISBN 978-9949-9097-0-4. Lään, Vello.
Eesti korvpall: portreed. Tallinn: Eesti Korvpalliliit. ISBN 9949-406-68-4. Basketball-Reference.com: Martin Müürsepp AEK player profile Euroleague player profile NBA player profile
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is mandated. Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. On offense, players may use a variety of shots -- a dunk, it is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling.
The five players on each side at a time fall into five playing positions: the tallest player is the center, the tallest and strongest is the power forward, a shorter but more agile big man is the small forward, the shortest players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach's game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays. Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one. Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world's most popular and viewed sports; the National Basketball Association is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries and level of competition. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League; the FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world.
Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like FIBA AmeriCup. The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships; the main North American league is the WNBA, whereas strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague Women. In early December 1891, Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day, he sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored.
Basketball was played with a soccer ball. These round balls from "association football" were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball's cover had been flipped outside-in; these laces could dribbling to be unpredictable. A lace-free ball construction method was invented, this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith; the first balls made for basketball were brown, it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball, now in common use. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates. Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement. Dribbling was introduced but limited by the asymmetric shape of early balls. Dribbling was common by 1896, with a rule against the double dribble by 1898; the peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were replaced by metal hoops with backboards.
A further change was soon made, so the ball passed through. Whenever a person got the ball in the basket, his team would gain a point. Whichever team got; the baskets were nailed to the mezzanine balcony of the playing court, but this proved impractical when spectators in the balcony began to interfere with shots. The backboard was introduced to prevent this interference. Naismith's handwritten diaries, discovered by his granddaughter in early 2006, indicate that he was nervous about the new game he had invented, which incorporated rules from a children's game called duck on a rock, as many had failed before it. Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original
The 1993 FIBA European Championship called FIBA EuroBasket 1993, was the 28th FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe. It was held in Germany between 22 June and 4 July 1993. Sixteen national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA Europe, the sport's regional governing body; the cities of Berlin and Munich hosted the tournament. Hosts Germany won their first FIBA European title by defeating Russia with a 71–70 score in the final. Germany's Chris Welp was voted the tournament's MVP; this edition of the FIBA EuroBasket tournament served as qualification for the 1994 FIBA World Championship, giving a berth to the top five teams in the final standings. It was first decided that 12 teams would participate in EuroBasket 1993, after the Qualifying Round was concluded, FIBA Europe decided to expand it up to 16 teams; the reason for this were politic changes in Eastern Europe caused by breaks of two big countries, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, which dominated in European basketball in recent decades.
Yugoslavia as title holder was excluded from all international sport competitions because of sanctions against Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Russia was announced as successor of the Soviet Union and the first time competed as independent country at major tournament. Since other new countries, including silver medalist Croatia and bronze medalist Lithuania from the Olympic tournament at Barcelona 1992, did not compete at the Qualifying Round, FIBA Europe organized additional qualifying tournament in order to enable them participation at championship; the additional tournament was held in Wroclaw a month before Eurobasket. The teams were split in four groups of four teams each; the top three teams from each group advance to the second round. The 12 teams that qualify to the second round are divided in two groups of six teams each, with one group containing the best three teams from groups A and B, while the other containing the three best teams from groups C and D. Results from the previous round are carried over, but only those against teams that qualified to the second round.
The four best teams in the second round advance to the knockout quarterfinals. The winners in the semifinals compete for the European Championship, while the losers from the semifinals play a consolation game for the third place; the losers in the quarterfinals compete in another bracket to define 5th through 8th place in the final standings. Times given below are in Central European Summer Time. 1993 European Championship for Men, FIBA.com. FIBA Archive Eurobasket 1993 at FIBAEUROPE. COM
Latvia national basketball team
The Latvian national basketball team is organized and run by the Latvia Basketball Association. The national team had remarkable success during the inter-war period, being the smallest nation population wise to win the EuroBasket. Latvians, like their Balts neighbors Lithuanians began playing basketball in 1920s. Though, they were much more advanced back than their frequent rivals Lithuanians. On 13 December 1925 in Riga, Lithuanians played their first international game. Latvians swept them with result 41–20. On, Latvians were crushing the future three-times European champions Lithuanians as well. In fact, Latvia had one of the world's strongest national basketball teams; the first Latvians teams consisted of students and pupils, who were trained by coaches of American YMCA. On 26 November 1923, the Latvijas Basketbola Savienība was founded, earlier than most of the biggest countries basketball federations. In winter 1924, the first men's basketball championship was held, while the women's championship was organized only in 1933.
On 29 April 1924, Latvia played their first international game versus Estonia, winning it 20–16. Latvia was one of the eight countries, whose representative Jāzeps Šadeiko, signed the founding act of FIBA on 18 June 1932 in Geneva, together with Switzerland, Greece, Portugal and Argentina; the Latvians won the first European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1935 held by the International Basketball Federation's FIBA Europe continental federation. They defeated Hungary in the preliminary round, Switzerland in the semifinals, Spain in the final to finish atop the ten-nation field. Latvia held their opponents to 49 points over three games, the lowest points-against average in the tournament, their scoring rate, 98 points over three games for 32.67 points per game, was second only to France. Latvia is the smallest country in population to win the EuroBasket. In 2012, Latvian film director Aigars Grauba published movie called Dream Team 1935 about this competition. Latvian national basketball team participated in the first appearance of the basketball as an official Olympic medal event.
Latvians were reigning European champions and were considered to be one of the pre-tournament favorites. However, the Olympics did not go that well for Latvians, they began the tournament with a 20–17 victory over the Uruguay national team. However, they were soundly beaten 23–34 by Canada and after suffering another defeat to Poland 23–28, the Latvians did not qualify for the knockout stage, unlike their neighbors Estonians; this was the first and the only Latvia men's national basketball team appearance in the Olympic Games. The reigning champions finished in a disappointing sixth place in the second European championship, EuroBasket 1937, which they hosted, their 32–25 loss to Poland in the preliminary round put them in a three-way tie for the lead of the four-team group. This result came about despite the Latvians being the highest-scoring team in the entire tournament and allowing fewer opponent points than any of the other teams in their group. Being in the bottom half of the preliminary group meant that the team could finish no better than fifth.
In the classification semifinal, Latvia faced Egypt, which had withdrawn after their first two preliminary matches. They advanced to the 5th/6th playoff, which they lost to Estonia 41–19. In 1939, despite losing twice, including a rematch of the 1937 game against Estonia, Latvia secured silver medals with 5 wins. Poland, which had a 5-2 record, finished third as Latvia had won the match between the two teams; the tournament's opening and, in retrospect, decisive game between Latvia and Lithuania ended in a dramatic late victory for the hosts and eventual champions Lithuania, souring the sports relations between the two countries and leading to the cancelation of the 1939 Baltic Cup. One of the 1939's vice-champions, Alfrēds Krauklis, once said: "Frankly saying – these three Baltic states raised the European basketball. Now they say that its Spanish, so what? Let them say... And I say – it's our merit!". Due to occupations, Latvians were unable to represent Latvia in FIBA organized tournaments or the Olympic Games.
Instead, they were forced to play for the Soviet Union national basketball team. Horrific times in Latvia began. In 1940 the massive people deportations started. Thousands of Latvians were forced to leave their homeland, thousands of them died due to the active military activities. Though, despite all the cruel challenges, basketball was continued to be played and retained its popularity in Latvia. In 1941 Baltic states tournament was organized in Kaunas Sports Hall. Lithuania won that game with result 38–33. In 1952 Summer Olympics, Maigonis Valdmanis been the first Latvian representative in the Soviet squad, which won the Olympic silver medals that year. A few years two other Latvian basketball stars joined the team: Jānis Krūmiņš and Valdis Muižnieks. On, the trio won two EuroBasket titles and two times became Olympic vice-champions together. In the 1950s, ASK Riga, coached by the Soviet legend Aleksandr Gomelsky, became the major force of the Soviet Union and Europe by winning three consecutive European Cup for Men's Champions Clubs titles from 1958 to 1960.
The club's roster had the multiple European champions: Jānis Krūmiņš, Maigonis Valdmanis and Valdis Muižnieks. Furthermore, in 1960 the TTT Riga won European Cup for Women's Champion Clubs, undoubtedly turning Riga into the capital of basketball with the two major European basketball titles held by the single city's clubs at the same time, and it only was the firs
Philippines men's national basketball team
The Philippines men's national basketball team is managed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. The team won a bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World Championship, the best finish by any team outside the Americas and Europe; the team took a fifth-place finish in 1936 Summer Olympics, the best finish by any team outside the Americas and Oceania. The Philippines has the most wins in the Olympics among teams outside the Americas and Oceania. Aside from the bronze medal at the FIBA World Cup and the fifth-place Olympic finish, the Philippines has won five FIBA Asia Cups, four Asian Games men's basketball gold medals, eight SEABA Championships, all but one Southeast Asian Games men's basketball gold medals, has the most titles in Southeast Asia Basketball Association men's championship, being considered as the powerhouse team in Southeast Asia and one of Asia's elite basketball teams; the country has participated in five FIBA World Cups and seven Olympic Basketball Tournaments. Gilas Pilipinas and the Gilas Cadets represent the current men's national team.
The Philippines first participated in international basketball in the Far Eastern Championship Games in 1913. The Philippines defeated China in; the Philippines won all but one championship until 1934. The games were not under the supervision of FIBA as the organization was founded in 1932; the Basketball Association of the Philippines was founded in 1936, became a part of FIBA that year. In the same year, the BAP sent a team nicknamed "the Islanders" that participated in the first Olympic basketball tournament in Berlin. With the tournament under a single-elimination round format from the third game onwards, the Philippines won their first three games only to face the United States in their fourth game; the USA doubled the Philippines' score as they advanced to the next round, subsequently win the gold medal undefeated. The Philippines wound up fifth place, winning the rest of their games, in the best finish by an Asian team in Olympic basketball history. Aside from silver medalists Canada, the Philippines was the only other team that only had one loss in the tournament.
The Philippines returned to the 1948 Olympics in London. The team finished fourth of six teams in their group to be eliminated; the team wound up in twelfth place. In the 1950s–1960s, the Philippines was among the best in the world, producing world-class players like Carlos Loyzaga, Lauro Mumar, Mariano Tolentino, Francisco Rabat and Edgardo Ocampo. In 1951, team won the inaugural Asian Games basketball tournament in India; the team finished ahead of four other teams to win the gold medal. On the next Asian Games in 1954 in Manila that served as a qualifiers for the World Championship that year, the team finished first anew, beating out the Republic of China and South Korea in the final round. In 1954 FIBA World Championship in Brazil, Loyzaga was a part of the Mythical Team selection, where the Philippines won the bronze medal; the Philippines finished second in their group behind Brazil and ahead of Paraguay to enter the final round, where the team lost against the USA by only 13 points. To date, the Philippines' performance remains the best performance by an Asian team in the World Championship.
In the 1956 Olympics, the Philippines finished seventh. The team qualified to the quarterfinals, with only loss against the USA. However, the team lost all of their games against France and Chile in the quarterfinals; the Philippines defeated Chile in the seventh-place game to finish with a 4–4 record. Two years in the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, the Philippines won its third consecutive gold medal, finishing first in the final round; the Philippines was grouped with Bulgaria, Puerto Rico and Uruguay in the 1959 FIBA World Championship. The team finished third, to crash out of the final round; the Philippines won all of the games in the classification round against the United Arab Republic and Canada to meet Uruguay for the eighth-place game. The team defeated Uruguay again to finish eighth; this would be the last tournament of company. Starting in 1960, the Asian Basketball Championship was held to determine Asia's participants in the Olympics and the World Championships. Qualifying for the Asian Championship was by subzone, or by the ranking in the most recent tournament.
The inaugural Asian Championship was held in Manila. With an Asian Championship, the Philippines qualified for the 1960 Olympics. In Rome, the Philippines did not qualify for the medal round, but did beat Spain in the preliminaries finishing 11th out of 16 nations; the country was supposed to host the 1963 World Championship, but President Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia and other communist countries to enter the country. This caused the Philippines, despite winning the Asian Championships, to qualify via a pre-Olympic tournament, in which they were unsuccessful. In the fifth championship at Bangkok, the Philippines finished third, after a one-point loss against Japan, an 86–95 loss against South Korea. In 1975, after disputes with the Basketball Association of the Philippines, nine teams pulled out of BAP's jurisdiction and founded the professio