MANILA, Philippines – After months of adjustments and injury rehabilitation, Filipino star prospect Kai Sotto is finally finding his groove with the Adelaide 36ers in the Australia National Basketball League (NBL).
In his last game against the Illawarra Hawks, the 7-foot-3 wunderkind reset his best NBL scoring mark with 12 points built off a promising 8-of-8 clip from the free throw line plus 5 rebounds in under 14 minutes off the bench.
A game before that, Sotto tallied his best rebounding mark against the top-seeded Melbourne United with 9 boards to go with 6 points in under 17 minutes. In four games so far, he is now averaging 6.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in just around 13 minutes.
But despite personal-bests from their prized prospect center in that two-game span, Adelaide dropped both of those games by double digits, and fell to a 3-5 record.
The Sixers now have an even tougher task ahead of them for their next game against the Tasmania Jackjumpers as team captain Mitch Mccarron recently joined former NBA player Isaac Humphries on the injury list due to health protocols. Game time is on Friday, January 28 at 4:30 pm, Manila time.
With two veterans now shelved, it will be up to youngsters like Sotto and Mojave King to pick up the slack and stop the team’s skid before it gets worse, especially now with a compressed schedule.
Due to a month-long, COVID-induced layoff, the Sixers have a loaded slate ahead of them, as they will have a pair of rematches against Melbourne on Sunday, January 30, and the Cairns Taipans on Thursday, February 3. – Rappler.com