FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1950
Buenos Aires, Argentina • October 22 - November 3, 1950
The USA made its World Championship debut as the tournament's number one seed and represented by the AAU Denver Chevrolets, the U.S. was tallest contingent. with no less than seven players over six feet tall. The tourney, held in the Lima Luna Park Arena featured sold-out crowds for all but one game
1950 USA RESULTS (5-1)
Opening the qualifying round against Chile, the USA, had several things to adjust to -- a thick-seamed international ball and the wavy, dead playing floor. Trailing Chile 15-10, by halftime the U.S. had compensated and taken a 20-19 lead. The U.S. controlled the second half and recorded the 37-33 win as seven of Chile's players fouled out of the contest which saw the Chile team whistled for 36 fouls and the USA 21. Don Slocum led the USA with eight points and Bryce Heffley added seven.
The win over Chile advanced the U.S. to the final round-robin. Facing European champ Egypt in front of over 15,000 spectators, the Americans trailed 19-18 at half and throughout much of the game but rallied late to take a 34-32 decision. John Langdon tied the score for the Americans with a free throw and John Stanich scored the game's winning basket with three minutes remaining. Heffley paced the U.S. with 12 points.
Receing eight points from Slocum, the Americans notched their third straight close victory by edging out Brazil 45-42. The U.S. managed a one-point, 26-25, lead at halftime, but the Brazilians hung tough in the second half and tied the contest at 38. Tom Jaquet, Slocum and Bob Fisher each scored baskets late to seal Brazil's fate as the USA recorded the 45-42 victory.
Meeting Chile for the second time of the competition, this time the U.S. squad had a much easier time, winning 44-29 in front of a capacity crowd estimated at 15,000. Blake Williams led the United States attack with nine points while Heffley and Stanich chipped in with eight and seven, respectively.
France proved no match for the Americans the following day, as the U.S. cruised to a convincing 48-33 win. Heffley, a former Regis College (CO) hook shot specialist, headed the U.S. charge with nine points.
Owning an unblemished 5-0 record, the U.S. squared off against the host country and also unbeaten 5-0 Argentina. A partisan crowd of over 25,000 jammed into the Luna Park stadium for the gold medal game and the home fans did not leave disappointed. Trailing 34-24 at the end of the first half, the U.S. managed to close the gap to 40-37 in the second half, but Argentina's offense came back to life and the hosts went on to earn a 64-50 victory and the first World Championship gold medal.
Seven USA players fouled out in the championship game as the USA was called for 38 personal fouls. The USA squad in fact played with only four players for the final one-and-a-half minutes. Argentina tallied as many points from the foul line as they did from the field, scoring 32 points from the charity stripe, compared to the USA's 14 points. John Stanich led the U.S. in scoring against Argentina with 11 points and Slocum added eight.
1950 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER
|Bob F isher||F||6-5||200||Denver Chevrolets (Regis)|
|Bryce Heffley||C||6-6||210||Denver Chevrolets (Regis)|
|Tom Jaquet||F||6-4||180||Denver Chevrolets (Okla. A&M)||St. Joseph, MO|
|Dan Kahler||F||6-4||200||24||Denver Cherovlets (S'western)||Winfield, KS|
|John Langdon||F||6-7||215||26||Denver Chevrolets (Texas)||Beaumont, TX|
|Les Metzger||G||6-1||175||23||Denver Chevrolets (Colorado)||South Bend, IN|
|J. L. Parks||G||6-0||175||23||Denver Chevrolets (Okla. State)||Paoli, OK|
|Jimmy Reese||G||5-8||165||19||Denver Chevrolets (Wyoming)||Rock Springs, WY|
|Don Slocum||C||6-9||190||Denver Chevrolets (Okla. City U.)||Addington, OK|
|John Stanich||G||5-10||170||25||Denver Chevrolets (UCLA)||Sacramento, CA|
|Blake Williams||G||6-1||188||Denver Chevrolets (Okla. A&M)||Lawton, OK|
|HEAD COACH: Gordon Carpenter, Denver Chevrolets (CO)|
|MANAGER: Mark Schreiber, Denver Chevrolets (CO)|
1950 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|J. L. Parks||6||