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1963 FIBA World Championship

1963 FIBA World Championship
4th FIBA World Championship
Tournament details
Host nation Philippines / Brazil
Dates May 12–25
Teams 13
Champions  Brazil (2nd title)
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Ricardo Duarte (23.1)  United States (83.8)
1959
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The 1963 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition that was originally booked at 30,000 seat Big Dome, recognized as the “largest covered coliseum in the world” at Manila, Philippines, but FIBA suspended the Philippines after President Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia and other communist countries to enter the country. Brazil being the defending Champion and a previous host, fairly manage to re-host the Championship from May 11 to 23, 1963 in Rio de Janeiro and won the 1st back to back title with just six (6) games by seeding the well rested host team in the final round only.

Competing nations

Event Date Location Berths Qualified
Original Host nation 0  Philippines
1959 FIBA World Championship/Host nation 16-31 January 1959 Chile 1  Brazil
1960 Summer Olympics 26 August–10 September 1960 Rome 1  United States
EuroBasket 1961 29 April–8 May 1961 Beograd 3  Soviet Union
 Yugoslavia
 France
South American Basketball Championship 1961 20–30 April 1961 Rio de Janeiro 3  Peru
 Uruguay
 Argentina
Wild cards 5  Canada
 Mexico
 Puerto Rico
 Italy
 Japan

Suspension

  • FIBA suspended the original host country Philippines after Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia and other communist countries to enter the host country. Brazil being the defending Champion and a previous host, fairly manage to re-host the Championship. Later, the Philippines, despite being the Asian champion, was forced to play in a pre-Olympic tournament in order to qualify in the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Competition format

  • Preliminary round: Three groups of four teams play each other once; top two teams progress to the final round, bottom two teams relegated to classification round.
  • Classification round: All bottom two teams from preliminary round group play each other once. The team with the best record is ranked eighth; the worst is ranked 13th.
  • Final round: All top two teams from preliminary round group, the 1960 Olympic champion, and the host team play each other once. The team with the best record wins the championship.

Preliminary round

Qualified for the final round

Group A

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 3 0 222 177 +45 6
 France 3 2 1 200 181 +19 5
 Uruguay 3 1 2 195 214 −19 4
 Canada 3 0 3 158 203 −45 3

Group B

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Yugoslavia 3 3 0 262 208 +54 6
 Puerto Rico 3 2 1 234 212 +22 5
 Japan 3 1 2 198 231 −33 4
 Peru 3 0 3 181 224 −43 3

Group C

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 United States 3 3 0 256 202 +54 6
 Italy 3 2 1 258 242 +16 5
 Mexico 3 1 2 240 260 −20 4
 Argentina 3 0 3 206 256 −50 3

Classification round

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Argentina 5 4 1 449 414 +35 9
 Mexico 5 3 2 389 364 +25 8
 Uruguay 5 3 2 376 372 +4 8
 Canada 5 3 2 365 375 −10 8
 Peru 5 2 3 362 367 −5 7
 Japan 5 0 5 377 426 −49 5

Final round

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Brazil 6 6 0 485 411 +74 12
 Yugoslavia 6 5 1 472 424 +48 11
 Soviet Union 6 4 2 426 399 +27 10
 United States 6 3 3 498 433 +65 9
 France 6 2 4 369 438 −69 8
 Puerto Rico 6 1 5 366 426 −60 7
 Italy 6 0 6 407 492 −85 6

Final ranking

Rank Team Record
1  Brazil 6–0
2  Yugoslavia 8–1
3  Soviet Union 7–2
4  United States 6–3
5  France 4–5
6  Puerto Rico 3–6
7  Italy 2–7
8  Argentina 4–4
9  Mexico 4–4
10  Uruguay 4–4
11  Canada 3–5
12  Peru 2–6
13  Japan 1–7
=  Philippines Suspended

All-Tournament Team

Top scorers (ppg)

  1. Ricardo Duarte (Peru) 20.3
  2. Aleksander Petrov (USSR) 17.6
  3. Luis Enrique Grajeda (Mexico) 17.5
  4. Radivoj Korać (Yugoslavia) 16.8
  5. Maxime Dorigo (France) 16.8
  6. Alfredo Tulli (Argentina) 16.1
  7. Alberto Desimone (Argentina) 16
  8. Rafael Valle (Puerto Rico) 15.8
  9. Nemanja Djuric (Yugoslavia) 14.6
  10. Paolo Vittori (Italy) 14.3
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