Kai Sotto could play in second Gilas-Lebanon tuneup game

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Kai Sotto might play for Gilas Pilipinas in their second tuneup game against Lebanon on Sunday.

Sotto rejoined the team's practice on Thursday after his exam week at Ateneo had ended. The 16-year-old was among the 18 players who showed up at the Meralco Gym a day after Gilas coach Yeng Guiao and counterpart Joey Stiebing figured in a shouting match that halted the game in the fourth period.

Gilas is bracing for another tough match against Lebanon in its third scrimmage in the training camp leading up to the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The two will conclude their two-game scrimmage on Sunday at the Meralco Gym.

Since he missed a couple of practices, Sotto won't likely see action on Friday at the University of the Philippines' Molave Gym.

"There's a bigger possibility of playing him on Sunday, but tomorrow (Friday) I'm not sure if he's ready," said Guiao.

The 7-foot-2 basketball prodigy is looking forward to the games and is expecting a high level of physicality, which he thinks will go a long way in his development.

"I want that kind of games with high level of physicality. I really need to prepare because I know they are not pushovers," Sotto said in Filipino.

If his number indeed gets called, Sotto will have his hands full as the Blue Eaglets are also playing in the UAAP on the same day. But Sotto is adamant he will perform his best for both Gilas and Ateneo.

"I will play first for Ateneo, then for Team Pilipinas. I will go all out for both teams," he said.