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NBL: Sotto’s 16 goes for naught as Adelaide bows to NZ

Kai Sotto’s best game so far in the 2022-23 National Basketball League season went for naught, as Adelaide saw its two-game winning streak snapped by New Zealand, 70-99, Friday at Adelaide Entertainment Centre. 

Sotto was averaging just 1.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in the 36ers’ first three games. He tallied 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds.

However, it was not enough to weather the Breakers’ third-quarter storm.

Already down 38-46 at the half, the 36ers’ defense could not contain the Breakers, who exploded for 28 points in the third frame to push their lead to 24 points, 50-74.

The lead was at its biggest in the final frame, going to as high as 31 points, 99-68, after a Tom Vodanovich bucket.

Antonius Cleveland was held down to just 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting while going a minus-29 in the game.

Craig Randall and Robert Franks finished with 11 points apiece.

Jarrell Brantley and Barry Brown Jr. led the Breakers to a league-leading 5-2 record with 22 points apiece. Brantley also got nine rebounds.

Izayah Le’afa also tallied 15 markers.

Adelaide will look to bounce back against South East Melbourne on Sunday at 1:00 PM.

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