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Kai Sotto acknowledges need to rebound more for Hiroshima

Kai Sotto may not have had the debut he hoped for in the B.League, but he remains confident that he will improve and help Hiroshima as the season progresses.

Sotto scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and blocked three shots, and had a steal in 19 minutes during the Dragonflies’ 78-86 loss against the Ryukyu Golden Kings last Wednesday.

However, despite the defeat, Sotto expressed his optimism, stating that he is still adjusting to the league, and his performance will get better.

“Starting or not starting it really doesn’t matter as long as I know I can help my team every game. Being a starter for my first game is special because I could just see how my team and my coach trust me,” Sotto said.

“We didn’t win the game, but there are a lot of positives to see. Really looking forward to our next games.”

The glaring stat for Sotto was that he only racked up two rebounds after averaging 4.52 rebounds with Adelaide in NBL-Australia.

“That’s probably the main thing that I have to improve on for our next games because rebounding and defending the rims are my biggest assignments. I need to get better on that,” the 7-foot-3 big man continued.

“I had very few rebounds today. I know that that’s gonna be key for me heading towards the next game.”

The young Filipino athlete remains upbeat despite his underwhelming debut and looks forward to improving his performance in the next game.

Sotto and the Dragonflies will take on Matthew Wright’s Kyoto Hannaryz next Wednesday, and Sotto is excited to maintain his inside presence, improve his rebounding and defense, and help his team achieve a better outcome.

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