1963 USA Men's World Championship Team

FOURTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1963

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil • May 12-25, 1963


The fourth World Championship was all Brazil, as the home team went undefeated to claim its second consecutive World Championship title.

1963 USA RESULTS (6-3)
USA 88 Mexico 74
USA 81 Argentina 51
USA 87 Italy 77
FINAL ROUND
Yugoslavia 75 USA 73
USA 81 France 61
USSR 75 USA 74
USA 88 Puerto Rico 64
USA 101 Italy 73
Brazil 85 USA 81

1963 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Brazil (6-0) 8. Argentina (4-1)
2. Yugoslavia (5-1) 9. Mexico (3-2)*
3. Soviet Union (4-2) 10. Uruguay (3-2)*
4. USA (3-3) 11. Canada (3-2)*
5. France (2-4) 12. Peru (2-2)
6. Puerto Rico (1-5) 13. Japan (0-5)
7. Italy (0-6)
*Final standings determined by point differential between tied teams.

NOTE:
Team records reflect results from Final Round or Classification Round games only.

 

The U.S. team, which was virtually the same team that had gone 6-0 to capture the 1963 Pan American Games gold medal in Sao Paulo, Brazil, just weeks earlier, finished 6-3 overall and in fourth place. Both USA teams were comprised of players from the AAU, armed forces and college ranks.

Led by guards Vincent Ernst and Donald Kojis, and 6'10' Willis Reed, the U.S. rallied from a 10-point first half deficit to record an 88-74 victory over stubborn Mexico. While Ernst ran the U.S. offense, Kojis and Reed finished with 18 and 16 points, respectively.

Argentina proved no match for the Americans as the U.S. strolled to an 81-51 victory and Jerry Shipp led the USA attack with 20 points. Leading 42-34 at half, the U.S. fought for its life in the second half against Italy as the Italians rallied to tie the game late. But behind the offense of Shipp and Ernst, who finished with 26 and 19 points, respectively, the U.S. prevailed 87-77.

Advancing into the final round-robin, the U.S. was stunned in its first outing, falling 75-73 to Yugoslavia. While the U.S. led by two at half, 32-30, the game remained a tight affair the entire second half. Tied 71-71, Yugoslavia scored four consecutive points to take a 75-71 advantage, a basket by Shipp cut the lead to 75-73 but that's was as close as the U.S. would get. Kojis led the U.S. with 21 points, while Shipp contributed 17.

Trailing France 29-19, the U.S. recovered to take a 36-35 lead to the locker room at half, then, behind a full- court press, blew the game open in the second half and cruised to an 81-61 win. Reed and Walter Torrence each finished with 17 points.

In front of 25,000 spectators, USSR reserve Leonid Yvanov scored on a layup with 14 seconds left and the Soviets handed the USA team a heartbreaking 75-74 loss. Kojis finished with a U.S. high 15 points, Jackson and Shipp each accounted for 10 points. Rebounding from the loss to the USSR, the U.S., behind Reed's 17 points, got back on the winning track recording an 88-64 victory over Puerto Rico. Next, Italy was overrun by the American squad 101-73 as five U.S. players scored in double figures led by Shipp's 20 and Reed's 19.

Facing Brazil in the final game of the tournament, the USA led for most of the first half, but Brazil rallied to take control in the second half and went on to record an 85-81 victory in front of 25,000 fans. With the victory, Brazil claimed the World Championship title, while Yugoslavia, by virtue of its 69-67 win over the USSR claimed the silver, and the USSR earned the bronze.

 

1963 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION/SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Bunk Adams G 6-3 196 24 U. S. Armed Forces (Ohio) Toledo, OH
Charles Bowerman G 6-1 160 23 Wabash College Alamo, IN
Vincent Ernst G 5-8 165 21 Providence College Jersey City, NJ
Melvin Gibson G 6-3 175 22 Western Carolina University Cordova, NC
Lucious Jackson C 6-9 240 21 Pan American University Beaumont, TX
Donald Kojis G 6-4 215 23 Phillips 66ers (Marquette) West Allis, WI
Pete McCaffery F 6-5 190 24 St. Louis University Kansas City, MO
Melvin Petersen G 6-4 190 25 U. S. Armed Forces (Wheaton) Wallace, MI
Willis Reed C 6-10 240 21 Grambling State University Bernice, LA
Jerry Shipp F 6-5 190 27 Phillips 66ers (SW Okla. St.) Blue, OK
Edgar Smallwood G 6-4 190 26 U. S. Armed Forces (Evansville) Louisville, KY
Walter Torrence G 6-4 190 26 U. S. Armed Forces (UCLA) Sacramento, CA
HEAD COACH: Garland Pinholster, Oglethorpe University (GA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Hank Vaughn, Goodyear Wingfoots
MANAGER: M. K. (Bill) Summers (AAU)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Whitey Gwynne
CAPTAIN: Donald Kojis

1963 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
Jerry Shipp 9 64-
13-
141/ 15.7
Donald Kojis 9 53-
16-
122/ 13.6
Willis Reed 9 42-
11-
95/ 10.6
Walter Torrence 9 27-
25-
79/ 8.8
Lucious Jackson 9 31-
14-
76/ 8.4
Vincent Ernst 9 26-
14-
66/ 7.3
Melvin Petersen 8 26-
1-
53/ 6.6
Melvin Gibson 9 21-
10-
52/ 5.8
Pete McCaffery 7 16-
1-
33/ 4.7
Charles Bowerman 6 6-
4-
16/ 2.7
Edgar Smallwood 5 4-
9-
17/ 3.4
Bunk Adams 4 2-
0-
4/ 1.0
USA TOTALS 9 318-
118-
754/ 83.8
OPP. TOTALS 9 257-
121-
635/ 70.6

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