NBL: Kai Sotto, Adelaide 36ers continue spiral with OT loss.

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FILE – Adelaide 36ers center Kai Soto. Photo from Kai Soto’s Instagram

MANILA, Philippines – Kai Soto and the Adelaide 36ers dropped their fourth straight loss to the Brisbane Bullets 106-101 in overtime in the 2022-23 Australian National Basketball League season at the Nissan Arena on Thursday.

The 7-foot-3 center had nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, seven rebounds, and two blocks in 15 minutes and 49 seconds of playing time as the 36ers dropped to the eighth seed with an 11-13 record. As .

Adelaide, who have lost five of their last six games, need to finish in the top six to qualify for the play-ins as they play their final four games of the regular season.

Soto was benched down the stretch as Antonio Cleveland forced overtime with two clutch free throws to tie Brisbane at 91 with 1.9 seconds left in the fourth.

Cleveland gave Adelaide an early 93-91 lead in overtime, but Brisbane went on an 8-1 run through Andrew White to steal the upper hand, 99-94, with 1:51 remaining.

The former Dallas Maverick kept the 36ers within one but committed a key turnover that led to five straight unanswered Bullets points, 104-98, with 32.7 seconds left.

Tyler Johnson missed two free throws to allow the visitors to within striking distance but still had 12.9 ticks remaining for the home team with a pair of clutch charities.

Johnson finished with 27 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Jason Cady had 22 points, while Aaron Baines added 16 markers and nine boards for Brisbane, which improved to a 7-17 record.

Anthony Durmick led Adelaide with 20 points, while Cleveland and Robert Franks had 18 and 17 markers, respectively.

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