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South Sudan’s Sunday Dech thrilled to face former teammate Kai Sotto in Fiba World Cup

South Sudan’s Sunday Dech. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines — South Sudan guard Sunday Dech seems ahead to dealing with Adelaide 36ers teammate Kai Sotto and Gilas Pilipinas within the classification spherical of the Fiba World Cup 2023 on Thursday at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.

It was a troublesome Wednesday for South Sudan after failing to advance to the following spherical, shedding to unbeaten Serbia, 115-83, with topscorer Carlik Jones being restricted to only three factors and 6 assists.

Dech, who scored 5 factors and dished out 4 assists, couldn’t disguise his frustrations after the Brilliant Stars got here up wanting advancing to the following spherical with a 1-2 file in Group B. However he can’t dwell an excessive amount of on the defeat as they battle the host Philippines.

“We’re wanting ahead to it. Clearly, it was a bitter one tonight. We couldn’t get the job executed,” Dech informed reporters. “However now we regroup and take the learnings of right now and sit up for taking part in Kai and Gilas tomorrow.”

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The 29-year-old Dech and Sotto teamed up in Australia’s Nationwide Basketball League for 2 seasons earlier than the 7-foot-3 Filipino heart determined to take his act in Japan B.League with the Hiroshima Dragonflies.

The South Sudanese-Australian stated he’s been in contact with the 21-year-old Sotto and watched his video games for the Gilas Pilipinas, which ended up winless in three video games in Group A.

“I’ve watched all of his video games. He’s a extremely shut buddy of mine. We discuss daily. It’s good that we’re on the identical lodge. Hopefully, after we go at it, we get the win over him,” Dech stated. “We talked about it right now. We had all of the situations laid out. Going through him can be nice once more. Clearly, we had been teammates for 2 years in Adelaide. He’s one in all my closest mates now and we’re gonna battle tomorrow to see who’s the higher workforce.”

South Sudan is set to get extra wins in its first-ever World Cup, whereas the Philippines is gunning for an outright 2024 Paris Olympics berth by turning into the perfect Asian finisher within the event.

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