MANILA, Philippines – The Batang Gilas may not have secured a medal in the FIBA U16 Asian Championships in Foshan, China, but the prestigious basketball tournament became Kai Sotto‘s platform to manifest why he is predicted as the Philippines’ future in basketball.
The 15-year-old found himself as one of the best promising big men in the region as he mastered over the efficiency, blocking, and rebounding departments of the FIBA U16 Asian Championships tournament.
In 6 contests he played for Batang Gilas, Sotto was arguably the most efficient with a 21.5 player efficiency rating (PER) per game, outscoring Iran’s Matin Aghajanpour, who recorded a 20.4 PER.
Sotto was also efficient on the defensive side, accumulating tournament-bests of 13.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per matchup.
Thanks to Sotto, the Batang Gilas reached the semifinals of the FIBA U16 Asian Championships, which gave the Filipinos a spot in the FIBA U17 World Cup.
The UAAP Season 80 juniors’ Finals MVP had 28 points, 21 rebounds, and 3 blocks in a 72-70 win over the Japanese team that sent the Batang Gilas to the semifinals of the FIBA U16 Asian Championships.
Sotto then had another spectacular performance of 26 points, 21 rebounds, and 6 blocks against China in the semifinals, although the contest was concluded in a 54-60 loss.
Sotto has a few months to hone his skills before Batang Gilas sees action in the FIBA U17 World Cup, which will take place in Argentina from June 30 to July 8. – Centrionews.com