ALL EYES will be on Filipino sensation Kai Sotto as Adelaide tries to arrest its skid with a road assignment against Tasmania in the Australia National Basketball League (NBL) at the MyState Bank Arena.
With NBA veteran Isaac Humphries still out (right knee) as per the 36ers injury update on Thursday, Mr. Sotto is tipped to fill a bigger role especially after earning his stripes the last two games.
The 7-foot-3 wunderkind served as the silver lining in Adelaide’s losses to Melbourne and Illawarra with an average of 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in only 15 minutes coming off a knee soreness injury.
Mr. Sotto’s exploits included a career-high of 12 points, which he is determined to surpass as Adelaide (3-5) seeks to prevail over Tasmania (2-6) in the battle of struggling clubs at 4:30 p.m. (Manila time).
In Japan, the match between Kiefer Ravena (Shiga) and Dwight Ramos (Toyama) has been postponed due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) protocols while Kobe Paras (Niigata) and Ray Parks, Jr. (Nagoya) suffered contrasting results.
Mr. Paras scored 16 but cellar-dweller Niigata (2-27) crashed to its 26th straight defeat while Mr. Parks had 10 markers in Nagoya’s jump to fourth spot with a 21-8 slate.
Other stalwarts in Gilas Pilipinas guard Jordan Heading (Taichung) and top PBA draft prospect Jason Brickman (Kaohsiung), meanwhile, cross paths in Taiwan’s T1 League at 7 p.m. tonight.