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FIBA World Championship 1998
13th FIBA World Basketball Championship
Official logo of the 1998 FIBA World Championship
Official website
1998 FIBA World Championship
Tournament details
Host nation  Greece
Dates July 29 – August 9
Teams 16 (from ? federations)
Venues (in 1 host city)
Champions  Yugoslavia (4th title)
MVP Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
PPG Spain Alberto Herreros (17.88)  USA (82.10)
Rebounds Puerto Rico José Ortiz (10.5)  Nigeria (37.4)
Assists Australia Shane Heal (4.5)  Argentina (13.10)

The 1998 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Athens, Greece. Because of the National Basketball Association lockout and unlike the previous championship, the USA Basketball Association was unable to send a team comprised from NBA players, thus causing the American national team roster to be comprised out of professional basketball players playing in Europe and two college players.[1]

Contents

Venues

Athens Pireaus
Athens Olympic Indoor Hall
Capacity: 18,900
Peace and Friendship Stadium
Capacity: 14,850
OAKA1010436.JPG Peace and Friendship stadium.jpg

Competing nations

The following nations teams competed:

Group A

 Canada
 Greece
 Italy
 Senegal

Group B

 Japan
 Puerto Rico
 Russia
 Yugoslavia

Group C

 Brazil
 Korea
 Lithuania
 USA

Group D

 Argentina
 Australia
 Nigeria
 Spain

Preliminary rounds

Competing teams

The top three teams in each group advance to the second preliminary rounds, into either Group E or F. The fourth place team in each group moves onto the Thirteenth-to-sixteenth playoffs.

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Group A

Rank Team Pts. W L PF PA Diff
1  Greece 6 3 0 220 185 +35
2  Italy 5 2 1 211 214 −3
3  Canada 4 1 2 211 203 +8
4  Senegal 3 0 3 180 203 −23
29 July 1998
Senegal 66-76 Italy
Greece 78-72 Canada
30 July 1998
Canada 70-57 Senegal
Italy 56-74 Greece
31 July 1998
Canada 69-79 Italy
Greece 68-57 Senegal

Group Β

Rank Team Pts. W L PF PA Diff
1  Yugoslavia 6 3 0 261 194 +67
2  Russia 5 2 1 243 213 +30
3  Puerto Rico 4 1 2 217 223 −6
4  Japan 3 0 3 169 260 −91
July 1998
Japan 58-83 Russia
FR Yugoslavia 80-66 Puerto Rico
July 1998
Puerto Rico 78-57 Japan
Russia 74-82 FR Yugoslavia
July 1998
Japan 54-99 FR Yugoslavia
Russia 86-73 Puerto Rico

Group C

Rank Team Pts. W L PF PA Diff
1  Lithuania 6 3 0 247 200 +47
2  USA 5 2 1 253 205 +48
3  Brazil 4 1 2 197 222 −25
4  Korea 3 0 3 191 261 −70
July 1998
South Korea 56-97 Lithuania
United States 83-59 Brazil
July 1998
Brazil 76-73 South Korea
Lithuania 84-82 United States
July 1998
Brazil 62-66 Lithuania
South Korea 62-88 United States

Group D

Rank Team Pts. W L PF PA Diff
1  Spain 6 3 0 225 211 +14
2  Argentina 5 2 1 201 181 +20
3  Australia 4 1 2 208 207 +1
4  Nigeria 3 0 3 183 218 −35
July 1998
Nigeria 68-80 Spain
Australia 62-66 Argentina
July 1998
Argentina 68-51 Nigeria
Spain 77-76 Australia
July 1998
Nigeria 64-70 Australia
Spain 68-67 Argentina

Second Preliminary rounds

First three teams in each group of the first group phase qualify to the second phase, creating two new groups of six teams. The final standings also take in account the results of previous round matches.

Group Ε

Rank Team Pts. W L PF PA Diff
1  Yugoslavia 11 5 1 486 366 +120
2  Russia 11 5 1 455 388 +67
3  Greece 10 4 2 395 379 +16
4  Italy 10 4 2 395 408 −13
5  Puerto Rico 8 2 4 438 443 −5
6  Canada 4 1 5 419 473 −54
2 August 1998
FR Yugoslavia 95-55 Canada
Russia 71-55 Italy
Puerto Rico 64-71 Greece
3 August 1998
Canada 81-94 Puerto Rico
Italy 61-60 FR Yugoslavia
Russia 60-48 Greece
August 4, 1998
Russia 81-72 Canada
Puerto Rico 63-68 Italy
FR Yugoslavia 70-56 Greece

Group F

Rank Team Pts. W L PF PA Diff
1  USA 11 5 1 511 430 +81
2  Spain 11 5 1 431 424 +7
3  Lithuania 10 4 2 472 432 +40
4  Argentina 9 3 3 423 405 +18
5  Australia 8 2 4 432 439 −7
6  Brazil 7 1 5 399 456 −57
1998
Australia 71-61 Lithuania
Argentina 74-87 United States
Spain 73-63 Brazil
1998
Lithuania 84-75 Argentina
Brazil 63-75 Australia
Spain 73-75 United States
1998
Spain 86-80 Lithuania
Australia 78-96 United States
Argentina 86-76 Brazil

Knockout phase

Ninth-to-twelfth-place playoffs

  Ninth to twelfth Ninth place
  Puerto Rico  64  
  Brazil  76  
 
      Brazil  75
    Australia  79
Eleventh place
  Canada  71   Puerto Rico  92
  Australia  88     Canada  81

Final Phase

Quarter finals Semi finals Final
                   
7 August        
  Russia  82
8 August
  Lithuania  67  
  Russia  66
7 August
    USA  64  
  Italy  77
9 August
  USA  80  
  Russia  62
7 August
    Yugoslavia  64
  Yugoslavia  70
8 August
  Argentina  62  
  Yugoslavia  78 Third place
7 August
    Greece  73  
  Greece  69   USA  84
  Spain  62     Greece  61
9 August

Classification 5-8

  5th-8th place 5th place
  Lithuania  71  
  Italy  76  
 
      Italy  61
    Spain  64
7th place
  Argentina  64   Lithuania  77
  Spain  77     Argentina  76

Awards

 1998 World Championship Winner 

Yugoslavia
Fourth (first as FR Yugoslavia) title
MVP
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga

All-Tournament Team

Top scorers (ppg)

  1. Spain Alberto Herreros 17.8
  2. Lithuania Arturas Karnisovas 17.1
  3. Australia Shane Heal 17
  4. Australia Andrew Gaze 16.8
  5. Puerto Rico Jose "Piculin" Ortiz 16.5
  6. Japan Michael Takahashi 16.4
  7. Russia Vasili Karasev 16.1
  8. South Korea Seo Jang-Hoon 15.2
  9. Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga 14.6
  10. Puerto Rico Orlando Vega 14.1

Final standings

  1.  Yugoslavia
  2.  Russia
  3.  USA
  4.  Greece
  5.  Spain
  6.  Italy
  7.  Lithuania
  8.  Argentina
  9.  Australia
  10.  Brazil
  11.  Puerto Rico
  12.  Canada
  13.  Nigeria
  14.  Japan
  15.  Senegal
  16.  Korea

Team rosters

1. FR Yugoslavia: Dejan Bodiroga, Željko Rebrača, Aleksandar Đorđević, Dejan Tomašević, Predrag Drobnjak, Saša Obradović, Nikola Lončar, Vlado Šćepanović, Miroslav Berić, Milenko Topić, Dragan Lukovski, Nikola Bulatović (Coach: Željko Obradović)

2. Russia: Vasili Karasev, Sergei Babkov, Mikhail Mikhailov, Valeri Tikhonenko, Nikita Morgunov, Sergei Panov, Evgeni Kisurin, Vitali Nosov, Igor Kudelin, Zakhar Pashutin, Dimitri Domani, Igor Kurashov (Coach: Sergei Belov)

3. USA: Trajan Langdon, Wendell Alexis, Michael Hawkins, Brad Miller, Bill Edwards, Ashraf Amaya, Jimmy Oliver, Gerard King, Kiwane Garris, Jason Sasser, Jimmy King, David Wood (Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich)

4. Greece: Panagiotis Fassoulas, Nikos Ekonomou, Fragiskos Alvertis, Efthimis Rentzias, Iakovos Tsakalidis, Giorgos Sigalas, Aggelos Koronios, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Nikos Boudouris, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Giorgos Balogiannis, Giorgos Karagoutis (Coach: Panagiotis Giannakis)

Notes

  1. ^ 1998 USA Basketball

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