Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 19, 1988
Date Finished: September 29, 1988
Format: Round-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.
The Soviet Union won the European Championships in 1984, 1986, and 1987. However, in 1986, the US defeated the Soviet team, 83-60, in the Goodwill Games final, and at the 1986 World Championships, 108-88, in the final. The Soviets were no longer the dominant team. And in Seoul both nations’ basketball teams competed for the first time since the 1976 Olympic Games. The United States won all three of its games in Group B, while in Group A the Soviets were defeated quite easily by Australia. The United States played the USSR in the semi-finals, winning 102-88, and then played Yugoslavia in the final. The Yugoslavs pushed the Americans but the US team prevailed, 77-70.