MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto was out of form in addition to not scoring in nine minutes of play in the violent loss of the Adelaide 36ers against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 131-98, NBLxNBA exhibition games this Friday (Manila time) at the Paycom Center. .
The Filipino center missed all three of his shots but grabbed four rebounds as the 36ers split their two exhibition games in the United States.
Oklahoma City quickly asserted its dominance with its 27-9 start and never looked back, pushing the lead to its largest of 40, after Darius Baszley made it 108-68 late in the third period.
Tre Mann led the Thunder with 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the three point region and five others scored in double figures.
Josh Giddey poured in 10 points built on three threes, to go along with six assists and five boards against his old team.
It was a tough night for Adelaide, which paled in comparison to its 134-124 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday in which the Aussie side shot 24-of-43 from deep.
This time, the 36ers shot just 11-of-36 from beyond the arc.
Craig Randall led Adelaide with 27 points, seven assists, and three boards, while Robert Franks had 20 points and seven rebounds.
The 36ers are now back Down Under as they begin their 2022-23 NBL season campaign against the Tasmania JackJumpers next Thursday at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.JC
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