ALREADY a dominating force in the five-on-five game, Kai Sotto couldn't help but be intrigued on how he would fare in the 3x3 circuit.
"Parang naging interesting sa aking i-try yung 3x3 ngayong napanood kong live," said the 16-year-old prodigy on Saturday in the first leg of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup.
Sotto, the newly crowned UAAP Season 81 juniors' Most Valuable Player, was the flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies at the SM Megamall Events Center in Mandaluyong.
With him seeing the wide array of talents in the first-of-its-kind 3x3 league, Sotto feels that a guy of his size can make a big difference in the halfcourt game, one which he has already done for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets for three years now.
"Sa tingin ko, mas may advantage ako dito kasi mas madali kung malaki ka dito eh. Tatayo ka lang talaga sa ilalim. Mag-aabang lang," said the 7-foot-1 center.
But if there's anything he learned, it's that height doesn't necessarily mean might as the undersized 1Bataan Risers, bannered by Alvin Pasaol, Santi Santillan, Sean Manganti, and Anton Asistio, stunned the taller and more favored Pasig Grindhouse Kings, featuring Taylor Statham, Dylan Ababou, Joshua Munzon, and Troy Rike, to claim the championship in the first leg.