MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto and the Adelaide 36ers extended their winning streak to four games after beating the Brisbane Bullets, 87-84, in Australia National Basketball League (NBL) on Thursday at Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
The 7-foot-3 Filipino started his fourth game in a row and finished with five points in a 2/4 shot to advance with four rebounds and one save in 11:48 minutes of game time. in front of a record home audience, 9,263 fans.
Sotto scored four points in the first three minutes of the match, including a hook to turn the tide.
Robert Franks led the way for Adelaide with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists to lift his team to fifth with a 10-8 record with the Tasmanian JackJumpers.
The Franks also sealed the win with two clutch free throws, coming to the rescue of Adelaide, who had squandered an 84-77 lead for an extended period as Andrew White hit a treble and Tanner Krebs Take two free throws to make it a one point game, 85-84, three seconds left to play.
Tyler Johnson missed a potentially game-ending three-pointer for Brisbane, sliding to a 5-13 record.
Antonius Cleveland also played a key role with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, while Anthony Drmic posted a double of 11 markers and 11 chessboards.
Nathan Sobey gives the Bullets 24 points. Krebs had 13 points, White and Johnson each scored 12, while Aaron Baynes scored 10 and 12 rebounds.
The Sotto and 36ers look to end a successful year, recording a fifth straight win over Cairns Taipans (10-7) on Saturday.
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