Gi­las stum­bles in lat­est FIBA rank­ing

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MANILA -- Gi­las Pilip­inas got a rare down­grade in its FIBA World Men's Rank­ings as the lat­est up­date was re­leased on Thurs­day.

Gi­las dropped three spots from 27th to 30th over­all as eight na­tions ranked be­low the Filipino squad in the pre­vi­ous FIBA rank­ings moved up sig­nif­i­cantly.

Four of them, Italy, Ukraine, Ge­or­gia, and Czech Repub­lic, each moved up by a whop­ping 19 spots, while a fifth coun­try, Latvia, blitzed by 17 places.

The early exit of Gi­las in the FIBA Asia Cup last Au­gust greatly af­fected its rank­ing.

De­spite the fall, Gi­las re­mains in the Top 5 in the FIBA Asia-Pa­cific Zone as long­time ri­val South Korea, which was 30th over­all in the last up­date, dropped four spots to 34th in the world.

New Zealand now holds the 27th spot -- and fourth in the Asia-Pa­cific -- af­ter zoom­ing by seven notches, enough to over­take Gi­las.

USA, Spain, Ser­bia, and France re­main the top four na­tions in the world re­spec­tively, but Ar­gentina moved back to Num­ber 5 af­ter switch­ing places with Lithua­nia, which moved to sixth place.

In the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, Aus­tralia (ninth over­all) and Iran (22nd over­all) both oc­cupy the top two spots, while China slipped to third af­ter drop­ping 10 spots in the world rank­ings to 24th over­all.

Ex­pect the world rank­ings to be up­dated more of­ten from hereon as the FIBA World Cup Qual­i­fiers will be­gin next month. (PNA)

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