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Kai Sotto scoreless in limited minutes as Adelaide absorbs blowout loss to OKC 

Martin Mendoza
Kai Sotto scoreless in limited minutes as Adelaide absorbs blowout loss to OKC 

NEW SEASON. Kai Sotto and the Adelaide 36ers gear up for the Australia NBL.

ADELAIDE 36ERS

Kai Sotto records just 4 rebounds in less than nine minutes of action as the Adelaide 36ers wrap up their two-game NBA Preseason campaign with a 33-point loss to the OKC Thunder

MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto and the Adelaide 36ers failed to ride on the momentum of their stunning win over the Phoenix Suns as they absorbed a 131-98 beatdown at the hands of the OKC Thunder in their final NBA Preseason game at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Thursday, October 6 (Friday, October 7, Manila time). 

After putting up 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals on 50% shooting against the Suns, the 7-foot-3 Sotto went scoreless this time around, missing all his three attempts from the field in 8 minutes and 39 seconds of action.

The Filipino big man recorded just 4 rebounds off the bench and finished with a plus-minus of -11 in the lopsided affair, where Adelaide never held the lead throughout the course of the ball game and even trailed by as many as 40 points, 68-108, late in the third frame.

Six players finished in double figures for OKC, with sophomore guard Tre Mann topscoring with 26 points.

Former Adelaide 36er and sixth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft Josh Giddey, meanwhile, tallied 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks for the Thunder, who played without their star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander due to a knee injury.

On the other side, Craig Randall II, who went off for 35 points on 9-of-17 shooting from deep in their previous outing versus Phoenix, carried the scoring cudgels anew for Adelaide with 27 markers.

Sotto and the 36ers will open their 2022-2023 Australia National Basketball League (NBL) season on Thursday, October 13 against the Tasmania JackJumpers at 4:30 pm, Manila time.

The Scores

OKC 131 – Mann 26, Waters III 23, Omoruyi 19, Bazley 12, Wiggins 12, Giddey 10, Robinson-Earl 9, Pokusevski 8, Nwaba 6, Williams 4, Woodward II 2.

Adelaide 98 – Randall II 27, Franks 20, Cleveland 19, Dech 9, Harris 8, McCarron 6, Galloway 5, Drmic 4, Marshall 0, Sotto 0, Acuoth 0, Ipassou 0, Thew 0.

Quarters: 35-16, 73-43, 108-70, 131-98.

– Rappler.com

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