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Kai Sotto sees underdog Gilas Youth as a threat in Fiba U19 World Cup

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Bracketed with perennial heavyweights Greece, Argentina and Russia in Group C, the Philippines will be the underdogs in the Fiba Under-19 World Cup.

But Gilas Youth center Kai Sotto remains unfazed despite the daunting task later this month in Heraklion, Greece.

“Sa tingin ko magiging challenging kasi nakita ko kung gaano ka-skilled and kung gaano kagaling yung mga teams na makakalaban namin,” said Kai Sotto.

“Lahat naman ng teams mahirap kalabanin kasi hindi ka makakarating doon na tsamba tsamba lang.”

The 7-foot-2 Sotto will once again team up with 6-foot-10 AJ Edu after they led the Philippines to a fourth-place finish in the Fiba Under-18 Asian Championship last year.

Gilas Youth opens the tournament against Greece on June 29.