Gilas Pilipinas slips 8 places to 41st in latest FIBA ​​rankings

Gilas Pilipinas gets overtaken by Japan and Jordan in Asia Pacific as he falls from his previous FIBA ​​World Ranking of No. 33

MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas slipped to No. 41 in the world in the latest FIBA ​​Rankings released on Monday, September 26, after a tumultuous campaign over the past few months.

The Philippines have fallen eight places from their previous ranking of No. 33 as they have had mixed results in the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers and FIBA ​​Asia Cup.

Delayed by limited training time and the unavailability of key players, Gilas Pilipinas finished ninth in the Asian Cup and missed the quarter-finals for the first time in 15 years.

The Philippines narrowly reached the knockout round with a 1-2 record, beating only India and losing to New Zealand and Lebanon in the group stage, before pulling out after losing to Japan in the playoffs.

Japan overtook the Philippines in the world rankings at 38th place despite falling one place.

In Asian qualifying, Gilas Pilipinas compiled a 3-3 record through the first four windows, with all of his wins coming against significantly lower-seeded teams India (86th) and Saudi Arabia (74th) .

The Filipinos lost twice to the Tall Blacks by an average of 35.5 points and fell short to the 43rd-ranked Cedars in an 81-85 loss with NBA star Jordan Clarkson on board.

After dropping to No. 41, the Philippines are now ranked eighth in Asia Pacific behind world No. 3 Australia, No. 21 Iran, No. 24 New Zealand, No. 27 China. China, No. 34 Korea, No. 35 Jordan, and Japan.

Jordan also leapfrogged the Philippines in the standings by climbing three places after finishing fourth in the Asian Cup.

The United States remain the world No. 1, but Spain continue to pose a threat as the Spaniards compiled 758.9 points to close in on the Americans’ 760.7 points.

FIBA AmeriCup champions Argentina jumped three places to No. 4, followed by No. 5 France, No. 6 Serbia, No. 7 Slovenia, No. 8 from Lithuania, No. 9 from Greece and No. 10 from Italy.

Gilas Pilipinas returns to action in November for the fifth window of the Asian Qualifiers, where he will face Saudi Arabia and Jordan in two away matches. – Rappler.com

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