Panama men's national basketball team
The Panama national basketball team (Spanish: Selección nacional de baloncesto de Panamá) represents Panama in men's international basketball competitions, The team represents both FIBA and FIBA Americas.
|FIBA ranking||47 (3 March 2020)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Americas|
|National federation||Federación Panameña de Baloncesto|
|FIBA World Cup|
With four qualifications to the Basketball World Cup, one qualification to the Olympic Games, and one medal at the Pan American Games, Panama has traditionally been the dominant basketball power in Central America.
- 1968: 12th
FIBA World CupEdit
Pan American GamesEdit
- 1984: 4th
- 1989: 11th
- 1992: 7th
- 1993: 8th
- 1999: 9th
- 2001: 6th
- 2005: 5th
- 2007: 9th
- 2009: 8th
- 2011: 8th
- 2015: 7th
- 2017: 12th
Central American championshipEdit
|Panama men's national basketball team roster|
|Panama men's national basketball team players roster|
Head coach positionEdit
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During the late 1970s and early 1980s, various Panama players played their college basketball in the United States at NAIA school Briar Cliff College as part of head coach Ray Nacke's "Panama Pipeline". Some of the members included national team members Rolando Frazier, Ernesto "Tito" Malcolm, Mario Butler, Eddie Warren, Reggie Grenald, and Mario Galvez. These players helped Briar Cliff to many NAIA Regional Championships, National Tournament appearances, and in 1981 the Chargers were ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NAIA's final regular season poll.
The new millennium brought another set of very good players from Panama, coming out of the local Superior Basketball Circuit (CBS), the under 21 team, and local players playing in Division 1 Universities in the United States. Panama has gone to 4 preolympic tournaments, 5 pre-world championships, one world championship (Japan)in 2006, and one youth basketball olympics (Singapore 2010)since the year 2000. The local program is based in neighborhood leagues that collect talent and export it to the United States. This symbiotic philosophy produces back the talent for the National Team.
Usually underrated and underestimated, Panama Basketball always manages to qualify to big tournaments and give stunning surprises, such as beating the United States in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007. Its long basketball tradition dating back to 1904, and its street basketball mentality of fighting hard to the end in basketball games, has made this Central American basketball program a "Classic" in the international scene.