Bagunas, Espejo share same fate as Oita Miyoshi, FC Tokyo suffer sweeps

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Marck Espejo of FC Tokyo in the Japan V. League. (Photo: FC Tokyo/Facebook)
Marck Espejo of FC Tokyo in the Japan V. League. (Photo: FC Tokyo/Facebook)

Bryan Bagunas and the Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler sustained a deflating 16-25, 17-25, 15-25 beatdown at the hands of the JT Thunders Hiroshima in the 2021-22 Japan V. League at the Showa Denko Martial Arts Sports Center on Sunday (28 November). 

Bagunas only saw action in the opening salvo, where he churned out five points built on three attacks and two blocks, as the Weisse Adler could not build momentum throughout the three-set affair.  

It also did not help that no one scored in double figures for Oita Miyoshi, which saw a team-high production of eight points from Kenta Koga.  

With the loss, the Weisse Adler, who also surrendered a dismal amount of 24 errors, slumped to a 2-10 win-loss record.  

The JT Thunders, on the other hand, climbed to a 5-7 slate.  

Thomas Edgar spearheaded Hiroshima with 16 points, while Shohei Yamamoto pitched in 12 points in the winning cause.  

Meanwhile, Marck Espejo suffered the same fate as Bagunas after FC Tokyo received a 13-25, 21-25, 20-25 sweep at the hands of the Toray Arrows at the Kusanagi Sports Complex Gymnasium.  

Much like his fellow compatriot, Espejo had a quiet day in the office as he settled for three points in two sets of action. 

The defeat dropped FC Tokyo to a 3-9 win-loss record. The Arrows, on the other hand, rose to a 9-3 slate.  

Christian Padal emerged as the leading scorer for the winning side with 17 points, while Kentaro Takahashi produced 16 of his own.  

Bagunas and Espejo will aim to redeem themselves following their dismal performances as Oita Miyoshi and FC Tokyo return to action next week.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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