7-1 Kai Sotto teams up with 6-10 AJ Edu for Batang Gilas U18

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 16, 2018 05:50 PM
7-1 Kai Sotto teams up with 6-10 AJ Edu for Batang Gilas U18
Yes, the Philippines will have a formidable frontline when Kai Sotto joins forces with AJ Edu for Batang Gilas

Without a doubt, gone are the days when the Philippines is undersized.

For the second time in two months, Ateneo de Manila High School pillar Kai Sotto will be wearing the flag in international play in the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship.

Only now, the 7-foot-1 towering teen will be joined by Filipino-Nigerian AJ Edu, forming the most formidable frontline Batang Gilas has ever had.

Edu, who earlier in the year committed to play for University of Toledo in the US NCAA, arrived in Manila on Monday and will be with the national team in their first practice a day later.

He and Sotto, fresh off the Filipinos’ 13th-place finish in the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Cup, will be flanked in the frontline by Rhayyan Amsali (San Beda High School), Yukien Andrada (San Beda), Geo Chiu (Ateneo), Raven Cortez (De La Salle Zobel), Bismarck Lina (University of Sto. Tomas), and Carl Tamayo (Nazareth School of National University).

Comprising the backcourt for the 20-man pool are Gerry Abadiano (NU), RC Calimag (La Salle Greenhills), Terrence Fortea (NU), and Forthsky Padrigao (Ateneo), as well as Dalph Panopio, a 6-foot-1 court general based in Italy.

Then manning the wings are Nathan Chan (Xavier School), Dave Ildefonso (NU), Joshua Lazaro (San Beda), Ramon Marzan (UST), Migs Oczon (NU), Joshua Ramirez (Chiang Kai Shek College), and Xyrus Torres (Far Eastern University-Diliman).

Batang Gilas has been grouped with China, Lebanon, and United Arab Emirates in the regional tournament running from August 5 to 11 in Thailand.

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