Kai on missed dunk over Majok: "Sayang konti na lang"
Paul Lintag on Nov 26, 2018 12:10 AM
In the third period of Gilas Pilipinas' practice game against the Lebanese Sunday, 16-year-old Kai tried to dunk on 6'10" Ater Majok of Lebanon. (photo from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas on Facebook)
Despite playing only about six minutes against Lebanon, Kai Sotto sure tried to make the most out of his limited action.
In the third period of Gilas Pilipinas' practice game against the Lebanese Sunday, 16-year-old Kai tried to dunk on 6'10" Ater Majok.
Sotto's two-hand power slam ultimately missed as he was challenged up top and fouled by Majok.
The Ateneo high school star got a high five from the Lebanese powerhouse afterwards and made two free throws before he was subbed out.
Majok liked what he saw on Kai on even offered some advice on Sotto on how to improve and play international basketball.
"He reminds me of a young me," Majok said on Kai.
"When I saw him come out, he was little bit nervous so I told him to relax and enjoy the game and I have him a couple of tips. Because skinny guys they tend to get banged around so I showed him a couple of tims where he's more in control of what's going on," he added.
As for Sotto's brave attempt to put him on a poster, Majok was cool about it.
When reminded that Kai is still only in high school, Lebanon's anchor in the middle was all the more impressed.
"He got a little foul, I gave it to him. You know, he's got a bright future," Majok said.
"I knew he was young but I didn't know he's in high school. He's gonna be something special. The Philippines has a bright talent ahead of them," he added.
Sotto was happy to play against a center the caliber of Majok, saying he's thrilled about the fact that Majok has good words on him.
The two had the chance to have a little chat after the game.
"Malaking bagay sakin yun kasi natuwa siya," Kai said.
"Habang naglalaro kami sinasabihan niya ako na easy lang ako. Kasi alam ng lahat siya gumagawa sa team, so as much as possible, di naman ako star ng team natin, ginagawa ko lahat para ma-stop siya. Binaback-stop ko siya, tinutulak ko siya. Sabi niya: hey easy young fella," he added.
As for his dunk attempt on Majok, Kai rues a missed opportunity.
"Sabi niya, 'that was a good one!' Sayang konti na lang madadakdakan ko na siya," Sotto said.
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