|Gilas goes up in the latest FIBA ranking. Dennis Acosta (file photo)|
By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA--A good showing over the weekend put Gilas Pilipinas up by one spot in the FIBA World Ranking as released on Friday.
Following a gallant stand against Australia in Melbourne on Thursday night that even saw Gilas taking a first half lead and a victory over Japan in Pasay on Sunday night, the Philippine team moved to 30th place worldwide from 31st place during the first FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.
While staying the fourth best team in Asia as per the new FIBA ranking, Gilas closed in with rival China, which slipped four spots in the world ranking to 28th overall.
USA stayed at number one overall, while Australia (10th overall) remained the best country in the Asia-Pacific zone.
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