- Friday, August 13 1948 -
Olympic Games Finals (at London, England)
United States - 65 (Head Coach: Omar (Bud) Browning)
France - 21
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Halftime Score: United States 28, France 9
Game Writeup - Benjamin Welles, New York Times
AMERICAN QUINTET TRIUMPHS BY 65-21
Entire Oiler-Kentucky Team Sees Action -- French Trail at Half-Time by 28-9
Special to The New York Times
LONDON, Aug. 13 -- America's highly-touted basketball team swamped a hard-fighting French quintet in Harringay Arena tonight by a score of 65 to 21 to capture the Olympic laurel wreath in token of the world championship.
By crushing the French team the United States not only retained the title gained at Berlin in the 1936 games, but re-emphasized American world superiority in this particular brand of athletics.
Unprecedented in a championship match was the International Federation's permission for both teams to use their entire contingent as substitutes. the Federation waived the normal ruling limiting the teams to five playing members and five substitutes.
The American team took the lead at the start and quickly began to outmaneuver, outdribble and outshoot the French players, many of whom had learned the fine points of the game from Americans stationed in France during the war.
Crowd of 6,000 Watches
The crowd, estimated at 6,000 was one of the largest ever to view a basketball contest in Britain.
Brazil beat Mexico, 52 to 47, in an exciting match for third and fourth places. The Brazilians, who were behind, 17 to 25, at the half, came back in brilliant style and at the end Brazilian rooters and officials raced onto the court hugging and kissing the players.
Ticket stub from the game
Players celebrate the victory and winning the Gold Medal