Kai Sotto makes her Australian debut, helps Adelaide win in the NBL preseason


Adelaide 36ers center Kai Sotto. Photo from Adelaide 36ers

MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto made his debut on the Australian basketball scene by helping Adelaide escape Cairns in overtime, 91-87, in Sunday’s National Basketball League Blitz preseason tournament at MyState Bank Arena in Tasmania.

The 7-foot-3 center finished with seven points, five rebounds, an assist and a block in 17 minutes of play.

Sotto also had a hand at the end of the game giving the 36ers a 74-72 lead on a layup with just one minute left in regulation.

The match went into overtime, 79-79 after Cameron Bairstow was called with offensive interference on a tip-in in Stephen Zimmerman’s final.

Adelaide opened extra time with an 8-0 run to take the lead and repel the Taipans.

Below started the match and scored his first field goal in Australia early in the second quarter when he headed for a two-handed dunk plus foul to get a three-point play.

Daniel Johnson led the 36ers with 33 points and eight rebounds.


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