Kai Sotto started anew for Adelaide, helping the 36ers rack up an 87-84 win over Brisbane, Thursday in front of 9,263 fans at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
The 7-foot-3 Filipino got five points, four rebounds, and a block in close to 12 minutes of action.
With the Bullets cutting an 84-77 lead down to one with three seconds left, Robert Franks nailed two clutch free throws to seal Adelaide’s fourth straight win to climb to 10-8 for for sixth — just half a game behind fourth-running Cairns, who they face on Saturday.
Tyley Johnson missed a Hail Mary on the other end.
Franks got 18 points and six rebounds while Antonius Cleveland tallied 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Anthony Drmic also got a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Nathan Sobey paced the Bullets with 24 points while Aaron Baynes added 10 points and 12 boards.
The Bullets fell to a 5-13 slate.