The Soviet Union soundly defeated Mexico last Friday (27 May) in the second game of the Intercontinental Basketball championships in Moscow.
USSR v. MEXICO (USSR in red) GV Jump off with USSR winning ball (USSR playing left to right) attack and No 10 Serei Belou scores. Mexicans restart, attack Russian basket, but fail to score. USSR attack, but No 6 - Valery Milosersou has shot blocked
GV Court, play in progress-Mexicans attack and score through No 7 Rafael Palomar
GV Crowd applaud
SV Referee talks to Mexican No 14 Manuel Saenz and awards a free throw to USSR resulting in score
GV Mexicans attack but fail to score - Mexican No 6, Horhe Flores, penalised after infringement of USSR player
CU Boy watching game
SV & GV USSR scoring from free throw
SV Crowd applaud
GV Jump off USSR win ball, attack right to left but attack broken down by Mexican defence under basket
CU Girl on-looker
GV Mexicans attack but fail to score-USSR counter attack and score through No 15 Vladimir Jigirly
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Background: The Soviet Union soundly defeated Mexico last Friday (27 May) in the second game of the Intercontinental Basketball championships in Moscow. There are five teams competing in the event -- Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, and the United States.
SYNOPSIS:The Soviet team in red took the lead from the start. As soon as they gained possession of the ball, they'd scored leaving the Mexican team constantly battling for control. The Intercontinental Cup was created 12 years ago, and at that time involved world wide competition. But in 1975 a new system was formulated allowing only European, and North and South American teams to take part.
The Soviets were the overall champions in the new 1975 series and they beat Mexico in the 1976 semi-finals.
Despite a determined effort by the Mexicans to defeat their long-time rivals, they were unable to withstand the Soviet pressure. At the end of the first half, the Russians were leading 62-26.
The Mexicans, desperate in their attempts to score, received several penalties. The free Soviet shots however only widened the gap between the two teams.
The Mexican team spent most of its time trying to hold off the persistent Soviet attacks. In the past, the Soviet Union has defeated Mexico by a much narrower margin.
This time the Soviet team defeated Mexico with an over-whelming score of 105 to 53. In contrast, they only just scraped through to victory two days earlier against Brazil.