Puerto Rico national basketball team
The Puerto Rican national basketball team represents Puerto Rico in basketball competitions at the international level. The team was established under the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation. During the 1990s the players from Puerto Rico which used to play abroad professionally were included but previously only those players from the National Superior Basketball league were included. The team plays under the FIBA Americas zone.
The team made their debut in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where it was ranked overall 4th in the tournament. In the 1976 Olympics the team had to face a one-point loss to the United States. Had this team defeated the US this would have been the first undisputed loss in the Olympics for the United States.
The team won gold medals at the 1989 Mexico Centrobasket and the 1986 Dominican Republic Central American and Caribbean Games. In the 1987 Olympic Qualifier which was held in Uruguay the team obtained a Bronze medal due to which their first Olympic participation after 1976 was confirmed. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics the team finished at a considerable seventh place.
The successes of the team continued during the 1990s and the team secured the fourth place in the World Championship in Argentina. In 1996 in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA the team was ranked at the 10th spot and at Centrobasket won the first of the back to back Gold medals.
In history the Puerto Rican team became the second team to beat the United States Olympic team on 15 August 2004 in the Summer Olympics in Athens Greece.
Puerto Rico was placed in Group D of the FIBA Preolympic Tournament in the draw that took place on January 31, 2008.
Won Gold medal in FIBA Americas Championship in 1990, 1995
Made 11 appearances in World Championships and 9 appearances in Olympic Games
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