SEVENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1975
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)
1975 PAN AMERICAN GAMES FINAL STANDINGS
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
|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
|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|
|OPP.||9||228-587||.389||111-169||.651||84/ 9.3||555/ 61.7||11|