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    SBP seeking ways for Kai Sotto to leave ASAP in bid to rejoin Ignite

    Feb 12, 2021
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    KAI Sotto is now facing the tough reality of catching up with his obligations with Ignite in the NBA G League bubble after the postponement of the third window of the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers.

    The 18-year-old center is hardpressed to rejoin the select team in its campaign in the ongoing NBA G League season.

    Officials from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas said they are figuring out a way to help Sotto depart the country as soon as possible after his seniors debut with Gilas Pilipinas was delayed.

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    Spin.ph also reached out to Sotto's handler East West Private, but they have yet to respond as of posting time.

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    Sotto, together with his father Ervin, arrived in the country on Feb. 2 to join Gilas' training camp at Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna, with sources indicating that he has arrived in the bubble over the weekend.

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      That stay was shortlived as the outbreak of the new COVID-19 strain in Qatar forced Fiba to cancel the series of games, slated from Feb. 18 to 23.

      It was a decision that proved to be costly for Sotto as Ignite has already entered the Orlando bubble and began its campaign with a 109-104 victory over the Jeremy Lin-led Santa Cruz Warriors last Thursday (Manila time).
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      For more Gilas updates, click here.

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