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Kai Sotto expected to play mid-November NBL preseason for Adelaide

JR Isaga
Kai Sotto expected to play mid-November NBL preseason for Adelaide

DOWN UNDER. Kai Sotto is set to debut in Australia this December.

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Kai Sotto and the Adelaide 36ers gear up for the Australian NBL by seeing action in a unique two-week pocket tournament

As the hype for Filipino basketball imports continues to sweep the country, former NBA G League prospect Kai Sotto is finally expected to see on-court action at the Australia National Basketball League (NBL) Blitz preseason starting November 14.

Sotto’s team, the Adelaide 36ers, is grouped in the unique two-week pocket tournament with the host team Tasmania JackJumpers, the Brisbane Bullets, the New Zealand Breakers, the Perth Wildcats, and the Cairns Taipans.

Meanwhile, the remaining four teams will be grouped to play one another in games hosted across Victoria and New South Wales.

The new NBL season, originally slated to launch on November 18, will kick off on December 3.

In this unique preseason, the winner will be awarded the Loggins-Bruton Cup, named after NBL Hall of Famers Leroy Loggins and Cal Bruton, while the tournament’s best player will win the Ray Borner Medal. 

A point system will be the basis of team standings in the two-week tilt. All games are worth a maximum of 7 points, with 3 points awarded to the winning team and an additional point given to the squad that wins each quarter.

If a quarter is tied, both teams receive half a point. If a game goes into overtime, no additional points are awarded.

“The NBL is very grateful to the Tasmanian Government and Premier Peter Gutwein, once again rolling out the welcome mat for our teams,” commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said in a league release.

“I know that after a very unusual off-season, our players will be looking forward to getting among the community, so be sure to get ready for everything that’s coming your way, Tasmania.”

While the Aussie NBL has yet to release a full schedule, the league did announce that all games will be livestreamed. However, it is not yet clear whether or not those games are free streams, and if they are available in the Philippines. –