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Kai Sotto sits out 36ers game in New Zealand due to visa issues

Delfin Dioquino

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Kai Sotto sits out 36ers game in New Zealand due to visa issues

OUT. The 36ers will miss the presence of Kai Sotto in their clash against the Breakers.

Adelaide 36ers

The 36ers say the club 'exhausted all options' for Kai Sotto to play in New Zealand against the Breakers

MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto will not be around when the Adelaide 36ers visit the New Zealand Breakers in Auckland on Sunday, November 20.

Sotto will sit out their National Basketball League clash against the Breakers due to visa complications, the team announced on Saturday, November 19.

The 36ers said Sotto returned to Adelaide following their 91-86 road win against the Melbourne United last Thursday, November 17, after the club “exhausted all options to get approval for him to travel to New Zealand.”

Without the 7-foot-3 big man, the 36ers will try to pull off an upset against a Breakers side that sits at second place in the NBL standings with a 7-3 card.

Only defending champions Sydney Kings have a better record than the Breakers with a 7-2 slate.

The 36ers, meanwhile, are at sixth place with an even 4-4 record.

Sotto averages 5 points and 4.3 rebounds through eight games this season.

He will return to action when the 36ers play their third straight road game against the Perth Wildcats on November 24. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.