Kai is gonna be Kai whether it be Batang Gilas or Gilas cadets

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 23, 2018 12:49 PM
Kai gonna be Kai whether it be Batang Gilas or Gilas cadets
Kai Sotto did Kai Sotto things up against collegiate team UE

There is no doubt that Kai Sotto is a dominant force in the high school level.

But a step higher in terms of competition? We have yet to find out.

Good thing then that we all got a glimpse of what the 7-foot-1, 15-year-old could do up against a collegiate team when he and the Gilas cadets took on University of the East last Tuesday.

And the young Sotto was, for the most part, his UAAP Juniors champion and Finals MVP self.

King Red Warrior Alvin Pasaol learned that the hard way. “Si Kai Sotto, talagang sobrang taas. Kala ko, maiiwan ko na siya e, yun pala, supalpal pa rin,” he told reporters after he and his team surrendered a 61-63 decision to the Gilas cadets who were energized by their towering, tantalizing talent.

Indeed, just like he always does, Pasaol was aggressive and went at Sotto a couple of times.

Safe to say, Pasaol was unsuccessful and Sotto slammed the door on him in both instances.

And it wasn’t just Pasaol who got denied by Sotto, but all of UE as well.

The prized prospect of Ateneo de Manila High School just had five points, three rebounds, and two blocks to his name, but it was during his time on the floor when the Gilas cadets went on a 13-0 run that erased an 11-point deficit and that eventually ended as a much-needed two-point win.

And don’t forget, he did all that during his debut for the national team.

As always, the kid of few words said that he was only doing his job. “Ako naman, kahit sino, gagawin ko lahat nang makakaya ko para matulungan team ko,” he said.

That statement only bodes well for both the Gilas cadets and Batang Gilas.

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