Following quite a while of development and expectation, Kai Sotto, at last, made his professional preseason debut for the Adelaide 36ers in the Australia NBL, and in no not precisely an outright thrilling 91-87 overtime win against the Cairns Taipans on Sunday, November 14.
Regardless of being just 19 years of age, the previous NBA G League prospect and Philippines basketball phenom was thrust to the starting lineup, and he reimbursed the coaches’ trust with 7 points, five rebounds, one assist, and one block shortly of activity.
Even though Sotto had four turnovers in his introduction, he showed glimmers of progress and self-control, most outstandingly with his go on a layup at the 43-second mark to put Adelaide up, 74-72.
The 7-foot-3 stalwart likewise changed over a vehement drive and dunk, in addition to the foul back in the second quarter for his first NBL preseason points.
Daniel Johnson drove Adelaide with 33 points and eight bounce back, while Dufelmeier logged 14 points.
Zimmerman drove the Taipans with 18 points and 11 bounce back, while Deng and Mccall had 18 and 16 points each.
Adelaide 91 – Johnson 33, Dufelheimer 14, Malou 9, Bairstow 8, Sotto 7, Dech 7, Marshall 7, Mccarron 4, Gattorna 2.
Cairns 87 – Deng 18, Zimmerman 18, Mccall 16, Machado 12, Pinder 11, Kuol 6, Noi 3, Djeric 3, Kenny 0, Ngatai 0, Inger 0.
Quarters: 17-17, 42-36, 57-56, 79-79 (reg.), 91-87 (OT).