1993 USA Men's World Championship Qualifying Team

FIBA Americas Championship -- 1993

  • Date:
    Dec 15, 2010

San Juan, Puerto Rico • August 28-September 5, 1993

Already qualified for the 1994 World Championship by virtue of winning the 1992 Olympic Games, USA Basketball sent a 12-member team of players from the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) to the 1993 Tournament of the Americas.

1993 USA RESULTS (6-1)

USA
101
Panama 99
USA
102
Dominican Rep. 99
USA
97
Venezuela 85
Brazil
101
USA 91
USA
87
Canada 73
USA
123
Argentina 107 (OT)
USA
109
Puerto Rico 95

1993 FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. #USA (6-1) 6. Venezuela (3-4)
2. *Puerto Rico (5-2) 7. Canada (4-3)
3. *Argentina (5-2) 8. Panama (2-5)
4. *Brazil (4-3) 9. Dominican Rep. (0-4)
5. *Cuba (3-4)   Uruguay (0-4)
*Qualified for the 1994 FIBA World Championship
#Qualified for the 2006 FIBA World Championship as the 1992 Olympic champion

Directing the USA team was Mike Thibault, head coach of the 1993 CBA champion Omaha Racers. Under Thibault’s hand, the USA squad rolled to a 6-1 overall record and claimed the tournament’s top finish and the accompanying gold medal by eliminating host Puerto Rico in the gold medal game.

Opening on Aug. 28 against Panama, Reggie Jordan and Rod Mason each accounted for 16 points as the U.S. rallied in the second half to overcome Panama and record a 101-99 win.

For a second consecutive day the USA persevered to fight off the Dominican Republic 102-99 as Bobby Martin led the way with team highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Americans took control of its game against Venezuela in the game’s final five minutes and behind 15 points from Tony White posted a 97-85 victory to improve to 3-0.

Closing out preliminary play against Brazil, despite a 21 point and 10-rebound performance by Jordan, victory slipped through the USA’s hands as Brazil rallied to upend the U.S. 101-91.

Finishing preliminary play 3-1 and tied with Brazil for first in the standings, Brazil, by virtue of its win over the U.S., earned the number one seed and the U.S. was number two.

Meeting number three seed Canada in the quarterfinals, White came off the bench to score a game high 23 points as the USA kept its gold medal hopes alive with an 87-73 victory.

Matched in the Sept. 4 semifinal against 4-1 Argentina, the USA was powered to a 123-107 overtime victory thanks to a record setting effort from 6-2 guard White. White finished with a USA record 37 points (12-17 FGs, 13-15 FTs), including 13 points in overtime. The U.S. led by 21 with 6:30 left in the game, however, Argentina stormed back to take a 98-96 with 31 seconds left. White hit a jumper to even the game 96 all and overtime was forced after Argentina missed a last second shot. Tied 100 in overtime, the U.S. clinched the win with when White scored 11 points in a 13-2 USA run that sealed the win.

Facing 5-1 and host Puerto Rico and its capacity partisan crowd, Mason scored a team high 22 points and six others also scored in double figures as the USA defeated Puerto Rico 109-95 to capture first place and the gold medal. A tight contest from start to finish, the U.S. led 49-45 at halftime, and was ahead 97-91 with 2:42 to play. The U.S. outscored Puerto Rico 12-4, with Mason making eight consecutive free throws, to ice the 109-95 victory.

1993 USA TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
AFFILIATION/SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Tom Copa
C
6-10
265
28
LaCrosse Catbirds/Marquette Austin, TX
Harold Ellis
F
6-5
215
22
Quad City Thunder/Morehouse Atlanta, GA
Chris Jent
F
6-7
220
23
Columbus Horizon/Ohio State Dublin, OH
Reggie Jordan
F
6-4
195
25
Grand Rapids Hoops/New Mexico State Maywood, IL
Anthony Martin
F
6-9
250
26
Rockford Lightning/Oklahoma Los Angeles, CA
Bobby Martin
F
6-9
235
24
Quad City Thunder/Pittsburgh Rock Island, IL
Rod Mason
G
6-3
190
27
Omaha Racers/Creighton Claremore, OK
Craig Neal
G
6-6
180
29
Fort Wayne Fury/Georgia Tech Fort Wayne, IN
Brian Rahilly
F/C
6-10
230
28
LaCrosse Catbirds/Tulsa Tulsa, OK
Eldridge Recasner
G
6-3
190
26
Yakima Sun Kings/Washington New Orleans, LA
Kelsey Weems
G
6-2
180
27
Oklahoma City Cavalry/North Carolina State Moline, IL
Tony White
G
6-2
170
28
LaCrosse Catbirds/Tennessee Charlotte, NC
HEAD COACH: Mike Thibault, Omaha Racers
ASSISTANT COACH: Mauro Panaggio, Rockford Lightning
ASSISTANT COACH: Flip Saunders, Lacrosse Catbirds
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Mike Morrison, Omaha Racers
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Steve Ronspies, Omaha Racers

1993 USA TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
White
7/2
38- 76
.500
2- 11
.182
32- 34
.941
15/ 2.1
110/ 15.7
11
1
6
B. Martin
7/5
34- 62
.548
0- 0
.---
21-28
.750
57/ 8.1
89/ 12.7
1
5
7
Jordan
7/6
29- 52
.558
0- 0
.---
21- 31
.677
45/ 6.4
79/ 11.3
9
3
8
Jent
7/1
27- 55
.491
14- 32
.438
8- 10
.800
19/ 2.7
76/ 10.9
6
0
4
Mason
7/6
20- 50
.400
16- 36
.444
16- 19
.842
4/ 0.6
72/ 10.3
5
0
3
Weems
7/2
23- 38
.605
2- 5
.400
18- 27
.667
13/ 1.9
66/ 9.4
31
0
10
A. Martin
7/5
21- 43
.488
0- 0
.---
15- 16
.938
42/ 6.0
57/ 8.1
4
1
5
Rahilly
7/1
15/ 28
.536
8- 14
.571
6- 6
1.000
19/ 2.7
44/ 6.3
4
2
2
Neal
7/5
10- 22
.455
2- 6
.333
12- 18
.667
13/ 1.9
34/ 4.9
23
0
2
Recasner
4/1
9- 21
.429
6- 11
.545
6- 6
1.000
6/ 1.5
30/ 7.5
1
0
0
Ellis
6/0
12- 19
.632
0- 1
.000
5- 7
.714
15/ 2.5
29/ 4.8
0
0
3
Copa
7/1
11- 17
.647
0- 0
.---
2- 5
.400
20/ 2.9
24/ 3.4
2
0
0
USA
7
249-483
.516
50-116
.431
162-207
.783
268/38.3
710/101.4
97
12
50
OPP.
7
228-486
.469
46-136
.338
157-219
.717
241/34.4
659/ 94.1
85
16
96

 

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