PH drops to no. 30 in latest FIBA rankings

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED October 12, 2017 07:53 pm
Photo taken from FIBA.Com

(Inside Manila) The Philippines plunges down in the latest FIBA World rankings.


From being the 27th strongest team in the world, the Philippines was relegated to 30th, due to Gilas Pilipinas' disappointing 7th place finish in the recently concluded FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon.


The country is now the 5th best Asian team, down from its previous 3rd spot.


The ranking drop was also believed to have been caused by the addition of powerhouse nations Australia and New Zealand to the Asian tilt.


The Boomers, champions of the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, take over as the new no. 1 Asian team and are 9th in the world rankings.


Iran, second to Australia in the Asian Cup, is no. 2 and 22nd overall.


China, meanwhile, was also among the casualty of the latest rankings, dropping 10 spots for 24th overall and third in Asia.


New Zealand moved seven spots higher to be 27th in the world and fourth in Asia.


As expected, the United States comfortably sits at the no. 1 spot.


Spain remains as the no. 2 team in the world with Serbia a close third. France kept its spot at no. 4 while Argentina unseat Lithuania at no. 5.

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