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
Gold medal icon.svg Gold medalists Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Silver medal icon.svg Silver medalistsFlag of France.svg  France
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medalistsFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
  Berlin 1936   Helsinki 1952  

Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics was the second appearance of the sport of basketball as an official Olympic 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.


Team ResultPoint Equivalent
Game Win2
Game loss via ordinary circumstances1
Game loss via default0
Basketball pictogram.svg


US flag 48 stars.svg  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
Flag of France.svg  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
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil  (BRA)
Ruy de Freitas
Marcus Vinícius Dias
Affonso Évora
Alexandre Gemignani
Alfredo da Motta
Alberto Marson
Nilton Pacheco
Massinet Sorcinelli


Participating teams

Defending Olympic Champion
Olympic Runner-up
Third placers
Host nation
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg  Philippines Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg  Egypt
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of South Korea (1945-1948).svg  South Korea
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico Flag of France.svg  France Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Republic of China
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg  Hungary State Flag of Iran (1933-1964).svg  Iran
Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Iraq (1921-1959).svg  Iraq
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg  Peru Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba

Playoff berths for the Tournament

Allocation of Berths
Continental ZonesAutomatic QualifierAdditional berths from the previous Games Total
Host Nation1N/A1
Defending Olympic Champions1N/A1
Americas Region538
Asian Region5N/A5
European Region7N/A7
Africa Region1N/A1


Preliminary round

Group A

1Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 550261150+11110Advance to the quarterfinals
2Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 532246170+768
3Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg  Hungary 532201172+298Qualified for 9–16th Classification
4Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 532222205+178
5Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 514170208386Qualified for 17th–21st Classification
6Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 5051032981955
Source: FIBA archive
  • 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

Flag of South Korea (1945-1948).svg  South Korea 532258152+1068
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 532269162+1078
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 532232155+778
Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg  Philippines 532261198+638
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Republic of China 532281202+798
Flag of Iraq (1921-1959).svg  Iraq 5051135454325
  • 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

Scene of the USA v Argentina match Argentina v usa london 1948.jpg
Scene of the USA v Argentina match
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 550325167+15810
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 541217190+279
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 532246199+478
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg  Peru 523198187+117
Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg  Egypt 514162256946
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 5051202691495
  • 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

Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico 440234109+1258
Flag of France.svg  France 431214131+837
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 422213131+826
State Flag of Iran (1933-1964).svg  Iran 413136215795
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 404702812114
  • 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

17th-23rd place quarter-finals17th-20th place semifinals17th place match
(B4) Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Republic of China 42
(C6) Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 34
(B4) Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Republic of China 54
(A6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 25
(A6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 46
(D5) Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 21
(B4) Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Republic of China 38
(A5) Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 54
(A5) Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 77
(B6) Flag of Iraq (1921-1959).svg  Iraq 28
(A5) Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 35
(C5) Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg  Egypt 33 19th place match
(A6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 18
(C5) Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg  Egypt 50

Classification 21st-23rd

Classification Semifinals21st place match
(C6) Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 55
(D5) Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 12
(C6) Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland (W/O)2
(B6) Flag of Iraq (1921-1959).svg  Iraq 0
  • Since the total number of competitors of the tournament was not a power of 2, a bye was given to Egypt, meaning they advanced to the classification semifinals. Also, Ireland was deemed to have finished last, due to the loss to Switzerland and a bye they earned from Iraq.

9th-16th place classification playoffs

9-16th place quarter-finals9-12th place semi-finals9th place match
(B3) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium (W/O)2
(A3) Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg  Hungary 0
(B3) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 40
(A4) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 45
(A4) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 81
(D4) State Flag of Iran (1933-1964).svg  Iran 25
(A4) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 49
(C4) Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg  Peru 43
(C4) Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg  Peru 45
(D3) Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 40
(C4) Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg  Peru 40
(B5) Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg  Philippines 29 11th place match
(B5) Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg  Philippines 45
(C3) Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 43
(B3) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 38
(B5) Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg  Philippines 34

Classification 13th-16th

13-16th place semi-finals13th place match
(A3) Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg  Hungary 0
(D4) State Flag of Iran (1933-1964).svg  Iran (W/O)2
(D4) State Flag of Iran (1933-1964).svg  Iran 36
(D3) Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 70
(D3) Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 35
(C3) Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 34
15th place match
(A3) Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg  Hungary 0
(C3) Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina (W/O)2
  • Hungary forfeited all of the matches in this round as indicated above.

Final round

(C1) US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 63
(A2) Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 28
(C1) US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 71
(D1) Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico 40
(D1) Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico 43
(B1) Flag of South Korea (1945-1948).svg  South Korea 32
(C1) US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 65
(D2) Flag of France.svg  France 21
(A1) Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 28
(C2) Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 23
(A1) Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 33
(D2) Flag of France.svg  France 43Third place match
(D2) Flag of France.svg  France 53
(B2) Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 52
(A1) Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 52
(D1) Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico 47

Classification 5th-8th

Classification semifinalsFifth place match
(A2) Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 45
(B1) Flag of South Korea (1945-1948).svg  South Korea 36
(A2) Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 50
(B2) Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 32
(C2) Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 36
(B2) Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 38
Seventh place match
(B1) Flag of South Korea (1945-1948).svg  South Korea 38
(C2) Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 39


17th–23rd place quarterfinals

21st–23rd place semifinal

17th–20th place semifinals

9th–16th place quarterfinals

13th–16th place semifinals

Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg  Hungary 02 (W/O)State Flag of Iran (1933-1964).svg  Iran

9th–12th place semifinals


5th–8th place semifinals


Final classification matches

21st place match

Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.svg20 (W/O)Flag of Iraq (1921-1959).svg  Iraq

19th place match

17th place match

15th place match

Hungary Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg02 (W/O)Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

13th place match

11th place match

9th place match

7th place match

5th place match

Bronze medal match

Gold medal match


1948 Olympic Basketball Champions
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Second title

Participating nations

For the team rosters see: Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads .

Each country was allowed to enter one team of up to 14 players and they all were eligible for participation (with a maximum of five on the court at any given moment). 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.


1US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)
Head Coach: Omar Browning (Phillips 66ers (Bartlesville, OK))
Cliff Barker (Kentucky)
Don Barksdale (Oakland Bittners/UCLA)
Ralph Beard (Kentucky)
Lew Beck (Phillips 66ers/Oregon State)
Vince Boryla (Denver Nuggets/Denver)
Gordon Carpenter (Phillips 66ers/Arkansas)
Alex Groza (Kentucky)
Wah Wah Jones (Kentucky)
Bob Kurland (Phillips 66ers/Oklahoma St.)
Ray Lumpp (NYU)
R. C. Pitts (Phillips 66ers/Arkansas)
Jesse Renick (Phillips 66ers/Oklahoma St.)
Jackie Robinson (Baylor)
Kenny Rollins (Kentucky)
2Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)
3Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil  (BRA)
Head Coach: Moacir Daiuto
4Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  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
5Flag of Uruguay.svg  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
6Flag of Chile.svg  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
7Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)
Head 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
8Flag of South Korea (1945-1948).svg  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
9Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada  (CAN)
Head 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)
10Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg  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
11Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  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
12Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg  Philippines  (PHI)
Head 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
13Flag of Cuba.svg  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
14State Flag of Iran (1933-1964).svg  Iran  (IRI)
Head 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
15Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)
Head 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
16Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg  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
17Flag of Italy.svg  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
18Flag of the Republic of China.svg  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
19Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg  Egypt  (EGY)
Youssef Mohamed Abbas
Youssef 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
20Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  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
21Flag of Switzerland.svg  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
22Flag of Iraq (1921-1959).svg  Iraq  (IRQ)
Awni Kanaan
Kadir Irfan
Ali Salman
Salih Faraj
George Hanna
Hamid Ahmed
Wadud Khalil
Mahdi Salman
Yonan Emile
23Flag of Ireland.svg  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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