Philippines climbs FIBA rankings after Asia tourney


Posted at Sep 26 2011 10:50 PM | Updated as of Sep 27 2011 10:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines climbed 8 places higher in FIBA’s world rankings, thanks to Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ performance in the recent Asian Championship.

The country improved its ranking to No. 45 from No. 53, according to

Gilas reached the semifinals of the FIBA Asia Championship by beating the likes of Japan, Syria, Bahrain and Chinese Taipei.

The Nationals eventually finished at 4th place after back-to-back defeats to Jordan and South Korea.

Asian powerhouse China won the FIBA Asia title and a qualification to the 2012 London Olympics.