1978 USA Men's World Championship Team

EIGHTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1978

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Manila, Philippines • October 1-14, 1978


The United States sent an Athletes In Action (AIA) squad to the Eighth FIBA World Championship as once again the dates for the tournament prohibited any collegiate players from competing, and the USA representatives finished with a 6-4 overall record to place fifth.

1978 USA RESULTS (6-4)

USA 77 Australia 75
USA 104 Dominican Rep. 65
USA 96 Czechoslovakia 79
FINAL ROUND
Italy 81 USA 80
Yugoslavia 100 USA 93
USA 96 Canada 90
Brazil 92 USA 90
USSR 97 USA 76
USA 100 Philippines 70
USA 96 Canada 94

1978 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Yugoslavia (7-0) 8. Philippines (0-7)
2. Soviet Union (6-2) 9. Czechoslovakia (6-2)
3. Brazil (5-2) 10. Puerto Rico (5-3)
4. Italy (4-3) 11. China (2-6)
5. USA (3-4) 12. Dominican Rep. (2-6)
6. Canada (2-5) 13. South Korea (2-6)
7. Australia (2-5) 14. Senegal (1-7)
NOTE: Team records reflect results from Final Round or Classification Round games only.

Opening against Australia, the U.S. struggled but 6'11' Ernest Wansley helped rally the U.S., scoring 12 of his 19 points in the second half to lift the USA squad to its 77-75 win. Tim Hall and Irvin Kiffin scored 18 and 16 points, respectively, as the U.S. rolled over the Dominican Republic 104-65, and the U.S. closed out the preliminary competition 3-0 after posting a 96-79 victory over Czechoslovakia as Brad Hoffman tallied 22 points.

Advancing to the semifinals round optimistic of continuing their winning ways, the U.S. optimism quickly faded as the Americans suffered defeats in four of its first five semifinal round games, the first three coming by a total of just 10 points.

Opening the semifinals round versus Italy, the U.S. trailed 47-39 at half and rallied to make a game of it. But Italy scored with 36 seconds remaining to take charge 81-77 and hung on to hand the U.S. an 81-80 loss despite 19 points from Mike Jackson.

Next, eventual gold medalist Yugoslavia handed the Americans a 100-93 loss as Kiffin led the U.S. offense with 24 points, and Wayne Smith and Tim Hall accounted for 19 and 17 points, respectively.

Behind Eugene Parker's 18 points, the USA's two-game skid was halted after the Americans earned a hard fought 96-90 victory over Canada.

Despite the USA leading 46-39 at halftime and by as many as 11 point in the third quarter, Brazil rallied to edge the U.S. 92-90 as Parker was credited with 19 points.

The Soviet Union ended the USA's string of close ball games but not its string of losses as the Soviets man-handled the U.S., winning 97-76 as Smith led the U.S. with 13 points.

Behind 26 points from Parker, the USA squad managed to get back on the winning path, recording a 100-70 victory over an outclassed Philippines.

Facing Canada in the fifth place game, as had been the case in their first encounter, the two teams played evenly for most of the game. Although the U.S. led 50-47 at half, the contest was tied 94-94 with 1:38 to play. Hoffman, a 5'9' guard, saved the day, making a steal and scoring with five seconds remaining to give the U.S. its 96-94 win and fifth place finish. Kiffin finished with 25 points, Hoffman added 20.

Yugoslavia defeated the Soviets 82-81 in overtime win gold, while Brazil edged Italy 86-85 to capture bronze.

 

1978 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
AFFILIATION / SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Marvin Delph
F
6-4
180
22
AIA (Arkansas) Conway, AR
Ralph Drollinger
C
7-2
250
24
AIA (UCLA) La Mesa, CA
Tim Hall
F
6-8
215
25
AIA (Colorado State) Grand Junction, CO
Brad Hoffman
G
5-9
155
25
AIA (North Carolina) Columbus, OH
Derrick Jackson
G
6-1
180
22
AIA (Georgetown) Wheaton, IL
Mike Jackson
G
6-2
175
22
AIA (Tennessee) Nashville, TN
Irvin Kiffin
F
6-9
220
27
AIA (Oklahoma Baptist) Queens, NY
Eugene Parker
G
6-2
180
22
AIA (Purdue) Fort Wayne, IN
Tom Schneeberger
F
6-6
200
21
U.S. Air Force Acad. Ann Arbor, MI
Wayne Smith
F
6-5
180
23
AIA (California-Irvine) Bakersfield, CA
Ernest Wansley
C
6-11
235
22
AIA (Virginia Tech) Anderson, SC
HEAD COACH: Bill Oates, Athletes In Action
ASSISTANT COACH: Fred Taylor, Columbus, OH
MANAGER: Al Bush, East Lansing, MI
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ed Gold, Athletes In Action


1978 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
Irvin Kiffin 10
132/ 13.2
Tim Hall 10
121/ 12.1
Eugene Parker 10
119/ 11.9
Brad Hoffman 10
117/ 11.7
Ernest Wansley 9
104/ 11.6
Wayne Smith 10
104/ 10.4
Ralph Drollinger 10
76/ 7.6
Mike Jackson 7
71/ 10.1
Marvin Delph 6
33/ 5.5
Derrick Jackson 9
28/ 3.1
Tom Schneeberger 2
3/ 1.5
USA TOTALS 10 382- 144-
908/ 90.8
OPP. TOTALS 10 354- 135-
843/ 84.3

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