Gilas inches 3 places higher in FIBA World rankings

Gilas Pilipinas - 31st in FIBA World Rankings

The Philippine national basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas, improved ranking in the FIBA World rankings updated Monday, September 15.

Gilas Pilipinas - 31st in FIBA World Rankings

Gilas Pilipinas, which was only 31st in FIBA World rankings before joining FIBA World Cup 2014, moved three notches up in the latest FIBA World Rankings.

Gilas Pilipinas is now the fifth best team in Asia, trailing China (14th), Iran (17th), South Korea (27th) and Jordan (28th).

The FIBA rankings are based on results from these major basketball tournaments: the Olympics, the FIBA World Cup (formerly known as the FIBA World Championship), and the different FIBA zone championship (Eurobasket, Africa, Americas, Asia, and Oceania). FIBA takes results from the last two Olympic cycles, including qualifying zone championships.

Before moving up 11 places in the world rankings by FIBA last year, the Philippines finished ninth in 2007, eighth in 2009, fourth in 2011, and second in 2013.

The team was the sixth-ranked nation in Asia after China (12th), Iran (20th), Lebanon (29th), Jordan (30th), and South Korea (31st) before the latest FIBA World rankings were updated this week.

The United States, Spain, and Argentina remained the top three basketball nations in the world, according to the latest FIBA World rankings.