Yugoslavia won a close-fought duel with the Soviet Union in the final of the eighth World Amateur Basketball Championships in Manila on Saturday (October 14).
Yugoslavia won a close-fought duel with the Soviet Union in the final of the eighth World Amateur Basketball Championships in Manila on Saturday (October 14). Even at the end of extra-time there was only one point between the two sides. Amongst those in the crowd was world chess champion, Anatoly Karpov, taking a breather from the World Chess Championship in Baguio.
SYNOPSIS: European Champions Yugoslavia, playing in white took an immediate lead when they scored from the `Jump Ball' at the start. Their greater urgency soon took them to a commanding lead early in the first 20-minute period. The Yugoslavs were out for revenge after being runners-up to the Soviet team in the last world tournament in Puerto Rico, four years ago. Though slow to start, the Soviet team soon warmed up and began pegging back the Yugoslavs' lead.
Top Yugoslav score in the match was the attacker Dragen Dalipagie (No. 14). The Soviet team was in the unusual position of being underdog in the final because Yugoslavia started the match as favourites. But as half-time approached, the Yugoslav lead was slowly whittled away and the teams ended the first period with the scores level.
In the second period of normal time both sides displayed skill and power and the match quickly moved from end to end. The 30,000 crowd filling the Araneta Coliseum in the outskirts of Manila saw the closely-matched teams strive to obtain a decisive lead. In the final seconds of the match Snsyholij Myshkin scored for the Soviets to level the match and necessitate five minute of extra time.
Extra-time was also closely-fought. The Yugoslavs strove to repeat their victory over the Soviets in the earlier rounds seeking the title they won in Belgrade in 1970. They succeeded by a slender margin -82 points to 81. Captain Kresima Cosic received the World Championship trophy which Yugoslavia will hold until the next Championship in Colombia in 1982.