He missed out on an alley-oop, but sky’s still the limit for Kai Sotto
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 18, 2017 06:57 PM
SOON TO RISE. Don't expect Kai Sotto to be missing out on any more highlight plays in the future.
Batang Gilas were being given a run for their money on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Malaysia was keeping itself within striking distance for three quarters until Forthsky Padrigao and Kai Sotto took control of the game once and for all for the Philippines.
Pointman Padrigao was the steady hands while towering Sotto was a force from end to end in the decisive 26-4 run that eventually ended up as a gold medal for the Filipinos.
In the heat of that push, Sotto had for himself a highlight by venturing out of the paint and still being able to blcok a three-point attempt by Ee Wan Tan.
The six-foot-11 center then rushed to their end of the court and positioned himself for a beautiful lob pass from Padrigao.
There was the alley…
Unfortunately, there was no oop as Sotto was rejected by the ring.
Proving to be a good sport, the 15-year-old could only laugh along with the crowd at his sorry miss.
Asked about it afterward, he answered, “Nanghihinayang po talaga ako kasi parang kaya ko naman dapat. Nagulat lang po ako siguro kanina. Parang ‘di ko nakita yung ring so paghawak ko ng bola, kapos pala, na-block ako. Ganun talaga.”
Even with his sorry miss, Sotto kept on working and ended up with a stout double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four blocks. “Dito po sa Gilas, kailangang pagpasok sa court, may puso ka. Lahat ng gagawin mo, kailangang paghirapan mo,” he expressed, talking about his determination.
Still, the UAAP 79 Juniors Rookie of the Year also pointed out that he knows he is far from where he wants to be. “Sa tingin ko po, lahat naman kami, kailangan pang mag-improve. Trabaho pa rin po talaga,” he said.
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