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Espejo topscores as Tokyo deals Hiroshima sweet V. League payback

Delfin Dioquino
Espejo topscores as Tokyo deals Hiroshima sweet V. League payback

CLIMB. Marck Espejo (right) and FC Tokyo improve to seventh place in the Japan V. League standings.

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Marck Espejo links up with Norwegian import Jonas Kvalen as FC Tokyo nails its third win in the Japan V. League

Marck Espejo and FC Tokyo tasted sweet revenge over the JT Thunders Hiroshima with a payback victory in the Japan V. League at the Sumida Ward General Gymnasium on Saturday, November 13.

Toppled by Hiroshima in the first of their back-to-back slate on Friday, Tokyo returned the favor following a 25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 25-17 verdict for its third triumph of the season.

Espejo finished with a team-high-tying 16 points off 11 attacks, 3 blocks, and 2 aces as Tokyo neutralized Thunders import Thomas Edgar, who sizzled for 31 points in their Friday win.

The Australian reinforcement Edgar still produced a game-high 25 points for Hiroshima but lacked sufficient offensive help from his teammates.

Norwegian import Jonas Kvalen also churned out 16 points spiked by 13 attacks and 2 aces for Tokyo, which climbed to seventh with a 3-7 record.

Yanagimachi Hayata added 15 points in the win – all coming from attacks.

Despite toting the same record as Tokyo, Hiroshima slid to eighth place by virtue of having less points.

Tokyo will go on a two-week break before it returns to action against the Toray Arrows on November 27.

Meanwhile, Bryan Bagunas and the Oita Miyoshi aim to arrest their seven-game skid against the JTEKT Stings on November 20.

Over in the women’s league, Jaja Santiago and the Saitama Ageo Medics look to start a win streak against the Denso Airybees on November 20. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.