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1975 USA Men's Pan American Games Team

SEVENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1975

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Mexico City, Mexico • October 12-26, 1975


The USA team that traveled to Mexico City in 1975 was looking to rebound the U.S. from its disappointing performance four years earlier when the USA failed to advance to the medal round despite a 2-1 preliminary record. This time the tournament setup had been altered and for the first time in Pan American Games competition a round-robin format was used.


1975 USA RESULTS (9-0)

USA 103 Argentina 62
USA   99 Mexico 70
USA   85 Puerto Rico 53
USA   97 Venezuela 32
USA   87 Brazil 62
USA   84 Canada 73
USA   84 Cuba 78
USA 137 Virgin Islands 70
USA 113 Bahamas 55
1975 PAN AMERICAN GAMES FINAL STANDINGS
1. USA (9-0) 6. Canada (5-4)*
2. Puerto Rico
(7-2)*
7. Argentina (3-6)
3. Brazil (7-2)* 8. Venezuela
(2-7)*
4. Mexico (5-4)* 9. Bahamas (2-7)*
5. Cuba (5-4)* 10. Virgin Islands
(0-9)
*Final standings determined by results between tied teams.

The 1975 USA group, coached by Marv Harshman of the University of Washington, relied on a balanced offensive attack that averaged 98.8 points a game without an offensive 'star,' while compiling a perfect record of 9-0 and capturing the gold medal.

Future NCAA All-Americans Otis Birdsong and Ernie Grunfeld, headed the USA's balanced offensive attack, averaging 14.4 ppg. and 12.2 ppg., respectively, while little known and future NBA all-star Robert Parish, Norm Cook and Johnny Davis also averaged double figures for the gold-medal USA team. Parish and Leon Douglas finished as the USA's leading rebounders.

Behind balanced scoring that saw all 12 USA players score, including 24 points from Cook, the U.S. opened the '75 Games with a 103-62 win over Argentina. Meeting host Mexico and playing in front of 15,000 at the Sports Palace, the USA whipped Mexico 99-70 as Birdsong scored 18 to lead the U.S.

Although Puerto Rico would earn the silver medal in 1975, it proved no match for the U.S. as the Americans cruised to an 85-53 win behind Bridsong's 18 points. Limiting Venezuela to 10 first half points, the U.S. led 43-10 at halftime and sailed to an easy 97-32 win as Birdson and Douglas tossed in 15 and 14 points each. Playing its fifth game in six days, the USA continue to roll as Grunfield and Cook each recorded 12 points and the U.S. posted an 87-62 win over defending gold medalist Brazil.

With the U.S. backcourt of Davis and Birdsong accounting for 19 and 18 points, respectively, the U.S. recorded a hard fought 84-73 victory over Canada. Cuba gave the U.S. its toughest test of the Games, but Parish dominated the inside in the USA's 84-78 victory. was dominated by Parish. Parish, who scored 19 points and hauled down eight rebounds, limited Cuba's Pedro Chappe, who had been outstanding in Cuba's upset of the USA in 1971, to just 12 points and two rebounds.

Closing strong, the Virgin Islands were crushed 137-70 as Bruce Parkinson led the way with 25 points, as nine U.S. players scored in double digits. Behind 17 points from 7'1' Wayne Rollins, the U.S. finished with a 113-55 victory over the Bahamas, in a game in which all 11 available U.S. men scored and seven reached double digits.

1975 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Otis Birdsong G 6-4 190 19 University of Houston Winter Haven, FL
Phil Bond G 6-2 175 21 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
Norm Cook F 6-9 210 20 University of Kansas Lincoln, IL
Johnny Davis G 6-3 173 19 University of Dayton Detroit, MI
Leon Douglas F 6-10 230 21 University of Alabama Leighton, AL
Ernie Grunfeld F 6-5 215 20 University of Tennessee Forest Hills, NY
Joe Hassett G 6-5 180 20 Providence College Providence, RI
Tom LaGarde F 6-10 225 20 Univ. of North Carolina New York, NY
Robert Parish C 7-1 230 22 Centenary College Shreveport, LA
Bruce Parkinson G 6-2 180 21 Purdue University Yorktown, IN
Rick Robey C 6-10 230 19 University of Kentucky New Orleans, LA
Wayne Rollins C 7-1 235 20 Clemson University Cordelle, GA
HEAD COACH: Marv Harshman, University of Washington
ASSISTANT COACH: Jud Heathcote, Michigan State University
MANAGER: Duane Woltzen, Lakeland College (WI)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Bob Beeten, Idaho State University

1975 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

  G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST
Birdsong 8 51- 88 .580 13- 17 .765 1/ 0.1 115/ 14.4 2
Grunfeld 9 44- 75 .587 22- 30 .733 15/ 1.7 110/ 12.2 7
Parish 9 43- 83 .518 16- 23 .696 36/ 4.0 102/ 11.3 2
Cook 9 38- 83 .458 21- 29 .724 25/ 2.8 97/ 10.8 7
Davis 9 44- 91 .484 8- 12 .667 2/ 0.2 96/ 10.7 8
Parkinson 9 28- 47 .596 13- 16 .813 2/ 0.2 69/ 7.7 4
Douglas 9 26- 61 .426 14- 27 .519 29/ 3.2 66/ 7.3 5
Hassett 9 27- 52 .519 7- 8 .875 0/ 0.0 61/ 6.8 6
Rollins 9 27- 49 .551 6- 10 .600 18/ 2.0 60/ 6.7 1
Bond 9 18- 44 .409 5- 6 .833 3/ 0.3 41/ 4.6 8
LaGarde 9 17- 34 .500 7- 8 .875 16/ 1.8 41/ 4.6 2
Robey 9 11- 26 .423 9- 16 .563 8/ 0.9 31/ 3.4 0
USA 9 374-733 .510 141-202 .698 155/17.2 889/ 98.8 52
OPP. 9 228-587 .389 111-169 .651 84/ 9.3 555/ 61.7 11

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