Kai Sotto recorded a new career-high of 21 points as Adelaide 36ers fell into the hands of Brisbane Bullets, 93-85, on Monday evening at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Australia.

/ 12 April 2022

It was the fourth consecutive loss of Adelaide and seemed that the team was getting weary along the run given that both 36ers and Brisbane knotted at 41-all at halftime, but the former failed to keep up with the latter as the Bullets made a 21-15 run in the third frame.

The Filipino center Sotto retaliated in the final frame as he answered back with seven points after a three-pointer from Brisbane’s Tom Digbeu, but Sotto was subbed out of the game with just 6:30 left.

With less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Sotto checked back with two points and follow-through of free throws, 87-85; but it was not enough to topple Brisbane as Jason Cadee stole the victory with a triple, 93-85.

The 7-foot-3 Sotto paced Adelaide with his 21 points on an efficient 7-of-8 shooting from the field to go with three rebounds, while Mitch Mccaron delivered 17 points, and Daniel Johnson fired a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Brisbane clinched their 10th victory out of 26 games as Cadee, Lamar Patterson, and Tom Digbeu all contributed 15 points, while South Sudanese-Australian forward Deng Deng got 14 points and eight rebounds.

The 36ers who are now at a 7-17 win-loss record will continue their journey in the NBL season with their remaining four games starting on Thursday against the Perth Wildcats.

The Scores:

Brisbane 93 – Cadee 15, Digbeu 15, Patterson 15, Deng 14, Salt 8, Liu 8, Drmic 6, Krebs 6, Wigness 2, Samuel 2, Moss 2.

Adelaide 85 – Sotto 21, Mccaron 17, Johnson 12, Dech 8, King 8, Harris 7, Marshall 7, Withers 3, Dufelmeier 2.

Quarters: 23-24, 41-41, 66-56, 93-85.