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V.League: Espejo’s full-time return not enough to lift FC Tokyo past Panasonic


FC Tokyo received a tough beating from Panasonic, 18-25, 18-25, 22-25, in the 2021-22 V.League Division 1 men’s tournament at the Machida City Gymnasium, Saturday.

A good note though was Marck Espejo finally returned after almost four games of no action. He finished with eight points on an 8-of-25 spiking rate.

Kunihiro Shimizu led the Panthers with 15 points on a 57.7 attacking percentage while Michał Kubiak added 11 points.

Tatsunori Otsuka and Yuichiro Komiya chipped in 10 points apiece as well for the 23-10 Panasonic.

Jonas Kvalen got himself 18 points in the losing cause, all from attacks. He was hyper-efficient as well, going 18-of-25 in his spikes.

Yuma Nagatomo just missed double figures with nine points as FC Tokyo slid to 5-30.

Espejo and his team will try to bounce back tomorrow when they face the Panthers anew tomorrow at 1 pm (Manila time).

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