Kai Sotto Pilipinas expressed gratitude for being part of Gilias Pilipinas after winning against Saudi Arabia in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers game on Monday, August 29.
“Blessed and forever thankful! Honored to be a part of this amazing group of men. One team, one family, one country, one goal. #parasabayan,” the 7-foot-3 center wrote on Instagram.
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In their previous game, Sotto scored 16, the second-highest scorer next to NBA star Jordan Clarkson who then recorded 23 points. The 20-year-old player also posted 13 rebounds and four blocks.
Despite recording these outstanding numbers, the young athlete said he is not satisfied with his performance.
“I have to be better… I never had a perfect game, and I think I didn’t play good enough,” Sotto said.
“But we won, so a win is a win. So I’m happy with that,” the athlete continued.
After playing for the national team, Sotto said he is returning to Australia to join the Adelaide 36ers in preparation for the upcoming National Basketball League season.
“I’m going back to Australia tomorrow to go back to my team, Adelaide, and we’ll go back to training,” the athlete said.
“It’s a good win. I’m glad we ended it strong. This might be the last time that we 13 (players) will be together, including Carl (Tamayo). So we treasure it,” Sotto revealed.
“Our experience, all in all, was really fun, I learned a lot, and I consider this a success for us,” he added.
The national team will play against Jordan and Saudi Arabia on November 10 and 13, respectively.