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Kai Sotto, 36ers gain momentum ahead of Suns clash with win vs Overtime Elite

Delfin Dioquino
Kai Sotto, 36ers gain momentum ahead of Suns clash with win vs Overtime Elite

DOWN UNDER. The NBL has become a household name for Filipinos as 7-foot-3 big man Kai Sotto plays in Australia for the Adelaide 36ers.

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Kai Sotto and the Adelaide 36ers survive Overtime Elite in the lead-up to their clash against NBA team Phoenix Suns

MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto and the Adelaide 36ers opened their NBL-NBA preseason tour with an 86-81 win over Overtime Elite at the The PHHACILTY in Phoenix on Friday, September 30 (Saturday, October 1, Manila time).

Sotto started the game and finished with 4 points and 2 rebounds as the 36ers gained momentum ahead of their clash against the Phoenix Suns in two days.

Nick Marshall showed the way for Adelaide to impress NBA scouts in attendance, churning out a game-high 23 points on a 6-of-10 shooting to go with 10 rebounds.

With Marshall shooting the lights out, the 36ers enjoyed a lead as big as 20 points in the fourth quarter off a 14-0 run bridging the last two periods.

But the Elite stormed back behind a 12-0 spurt that helped them cut their deficit to single digits with three minutes left.

Overtime even got within 81-83 before a pair of Marshall free throws and a Kyrin Galloway block secured the victory for Adelaide.

Former NBA player Antonius Cleveland added 9 points in the win, while Fiston Ipassou, Anthony Drmic, and Robert Franks chimed in 7 points each.

Amer Thompson led the Elite with 19 points and 8 rebounds.

Sotto will get a chance to go up against NBA big men DeAndre Ayton, Bismack Biyombo, and Dario Saric when the Suns hosts the 36ers on Monday, October 3 (Manila time).

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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.