KAI SOTTO SETS NEW CAREER-HIGH AS ADELAIDE LOSES TO BRISBANE
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.
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.
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.