FILIPINO tower Kai Sotto reset his career-high in the Australia National Basketball League but the Adelaide 36ers still fell to the Illawarra Hawks, 100-89, on Monday night at the Win Entertainment Center.

Mr. Sotto made the most out of his limited action anew, finishing with 12 points on a perfect 8-of-8 free throw shooting plus five rebounds in only 13 minutes of play.

The 7-foot-3 prodigy previously tallied six points and eight rebounds against reigning champion Melbourne United, making up for lost time following a knee soreness issue.

Mr. Sotto missed his team’s first four games due to the said injury before reaching full recovery as Adelaide got sidelined for exactly a month due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) protocols.

Hopes will be high once again for Mr. Sotto this Friday as the 36ers, at 3-5, march to their fourth straight game in a week against the Tasmania JackJumpers. — John Bryan Ulanday