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SECOND FIBA MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1983

SECOND FIBA MEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1983

Palma de Mallorca, Spain - August 14-28, 1983


Riding the crest of success that the USA junior men had established at the 1979 Junior World Championship, the USA men entered the 1983 competition looking to extend their eight-game winning streak and again capture the gold.

1983 Junior World Championship Team
1983 USA Junior World Championship Team


1983 USA RESULTS (6-2)
USA
88
 Italy 75
USA
100
 Brazil 84
USSR
87
 USA 83 (OT)
USA
92
 Argentina 74
USA
81
 Yugoslavia 79
F. R. Germany
88
 USA 87 (OT)
USA
99
 Spain 70
USA
82
 USSR 78

1983 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMP. FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (6-2) 8. Yugoslavia (0-6)
2. Soviet Union
(4-3)
9. Dominican Republic (4-0)
3. Brazil (4-3) 10. Australia (3-1)
4. Spain (4-4) 11. China (3-1)
5. Federal Rep. of Germany (3-3) 12. Uruguay (1-3)
6. Italy (3-3) 13. Angola (1-3)
7. Argentina (2-4) 14. Canada (0-4)
NOTE: Team records reflect results from Final Round or Classification Round games only.

Despite falling once to the Soviet Union, and suffering an upset at the hands of the Federal Republic of Germany, the 1983 USA Men's Junior World Championship Team persevered and in the end was rewarded with the gold medal.

Held in Palma de Mallorca Spain, the second FIBA Junior World Championship was unpredictable from the start. The USA men defeated Italy 88-75 in the opener as 6'8' Larry Krystkowiak scored 22 points and added eight rebounds and Kenny Walker aided the U.S. cause with 17 points. Two days later, Brazil fell to the high powered USA offense 100-84, as Walker and 6'6' Buck Johnson each tossed in 18 points.

The Soviet Union successfully avenged the USA's 1979 win, recording a 87-83 overtime win. Trailing 44-35 at half, the Americans rallied and led 73-61 at one point, but the Soviets outscored the U.S. 16-4 from there to tie the game 77-77 at the end of regulation and force the contest into overtime. The U.S. led 78-77 late in overtime, but again the Soviets finished strong and claimed the win, 87-83. Johnson led the U.S. with 20 points and added 13 rebounds, Dwayne Washington scored 16 in the losing cause. Viktor Zharkov led the Soviets with 30.

The U.S. regrouped and captured a 92-74 win over Argentina, as Walker scored 27 points and Krystkowiak added 21, then, overcame a determined Yugoslavian squad and earned an 81-79 win. Trailing Yugoslavia 45-42 at half, the U.S. found itself trailing 77-75 in the closing minutes, but reeled off six consecutive points to claim the win. Johnson spearheaded the U.S. attack with 27 points and Walker added 18 in the win.

Standing 4-1, the USA's hopes for the gold received a blow when the Federal Republic of Germany scored the final six points in overtime to upset the U.S. 88-87. Johnson scored 23 points, Krystkowiak added 14, and Scott Skiles, Jeff Hall and Walker each accounted for 12 in the loss. The U.S. hopes for the gold were rekindled when the Soviet Union was upset by Argentina 91-87. Facing host Spain in the semifinals, the U.S. struck early, taking a 21-8 lead, and at half led 44-37. In the end, the U.S. cruised to a 99-70 victory as Walker erupted for 33 points and 12 rebounds.

Facing the Soviet Union in a battle for the gold, the U.S., behind Walker's 22 points, 15 from Skiles and 14 from James Blackmon, overcame the Soviets to earn an 82-78 win. Falling behind 35-28 in the first half, the U.S. closed the gap at half to three, 51-48. Trailing 70-65 late in the second half, the U.S. closed strongly, outscoring the USSR 17-8 to earn the victory and the gold medal. The Soviet's 17-year old 7'3' center, Arvidas Sabonis, finished with 31 points and eight rebounds.

1983 USA Men's Junior World Championship Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Walter Berry
F
6-6
210
19
St. John's Queens, NY
James Blackmon
G
6-1
175
18
Kentucky Marion, IN
Kerry Boagni
F
6-8
205
18
Kansas Los Angeles, CA
Kenny Gattison
F
6-7
225
19
Old Dominion Hampton, VA
Jeff Hall
G
6-3
185
18
Louisville Westwood, KY
Buck Johnson
F
6-6
195
19
Alabama Birmingham, AL
Larry Krystkowiak
C
6-8
220
18
Montana Missoula, MT
Scott Skiles
G
6-0
180
19
Michigan State Plymouth, IN
Mike Smith
F
6-9
210
18
Brigham Young Hacienda, CA
Kenny Walker
F
6-7
200
18
Kentucky Roberta, GA
Dwayne Washington
G
6-1
196
19
Syracuse Brooklyn, NY
Steve Woodside
C
6-9
225
19
Oregon State Portland, OR
HEAD COACH: Ron Nikcevich, Lyons Township High School (IL)
ASSISTANT COACH: William Shepherd, Fulton H. S. (GA)
MANAGER: Gary Johnson, Kelly Walsh H. S. (WY)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Linzy Scott, Atlanta, GA
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ed Ryan, Phillips-Andover Academy (MA)

1983 USA Men's Junior World Championship Cumulative Statistics

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
ST
Walker 8
68-109
.624
23- 29
.793
88/11.0
159/ 19.9
1
11
Johnson 8
54-106
.509
22- 29
.759
66/ 8.3
130/ 16.3
0
20
Krystkowiak 8
33- 59
.559
24- 33
.727
64/ 8.0
90/ 11.3
1
11
Skiles 8
36- 68
.529
17- 19
.895
7/ 0.9
89/ 11.1
14
12
Hall 8
39- 82
.476
4- 5
.800
7/ 0.9
82/ 10.3
1
13
Blackmon 8
22- 48
.458
14- 23
.609
8/ 1.0
58/ 7.3
5
14
Washington 6
16- 41
.390
11- 14
.786
0/ 0.0
43/ 7.2
3
10
Boagni 7
15- 37
.405
5- 7
.714
14 / 2.0
35/ 5.0
0
9
Woodside 7
5- 9
.556
8- 11
.727
10/ 1.4
18/ 2.6
1
3
Smith 5
3- 7
.429
0- 0
.000
0/ 0.0
6/ 1.2
0
0
Berry 1
1- 2
.500
0- 0
.000
0/ 0.0
2/ 2.0
0
1
Gattison 0
0- 0
.000
0- 0
.000
0/ 0.0
0/ 0.0
0
0
USA 8
292-568
.514
128-170
.753
264/33.0
712/ 89.0
26
104
OPP. 8
269-564
.477
97-143
.678
196/24.5
635/ 79.4
11
91