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    Early clash of Giants as Jalen Green-led FilAm, Kai Sotto's Ateneo meet in Round of 16

    Mar 20, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    GIANTS collide at Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday as Jalen Green and Kai Sotto clash in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals Supreme 16.

    Overcoming tough foes in the Super 32, both Green's FilAm Sports USA and Sotto's Ateneo find face off in the final 16 at 5 p.m.

    Green is excited to face off with Sotto in the NTBC tournament proper after previously meeting in the All-Star Game.

    "I can't wait to see Kai," said Green, named MVP in the 2018 Fiba Under-17 Basketball World Cup.

    But Green did not come alone, with Kai Ballungay, Brandon Wilson, Charleston Moore and Jeron Artest aiming to lead the Fil-Ams once again to the quarterfinals.

    Sotto, meanwhile, is motivated to prove that the Blue Eaglets are contenders here despite just getting past by Lyceum-Cavite, 86-84 in the Super 32 late Tuesday night.

    And what better way for him to do that than eliminating Green and company as early as the round of 16.

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    "Nagkita kami sa Argentina noong Fiba World Cup. Gusto ko siya maging kakampi sa All-Star, pero hindi na ako papayag na madakdakan niya ako ulit," said the 7-foot-2 Sotto.

    Ateneo, though, would also need contributions from Forthsky Padrigao, Geo Chiu and Ian Espinosa in the tough match.

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