MARCK Espejo said he wasn’t thinking of records, in the UAAP or pro leagues, as he accumulated points in Ateneo’s big win over Far Eastern University on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
The graduating spiker set a UAAP record of 55 points in a five-set Ateneo victory, but Espejo said all he was thinking about was working to extend the Blue Eagles’ season.
“’Yung points naman po hindi ko siya iniisip basta ang iniisip ko lang basta binigay sa akin ang bola kailangan kong pumuntos,” said Espejo.
The Eagles managed to stay in the title hunt, forcing a semifinal decider with the Tamaraws.
Oliver Almadro raved about Espejo’s performance and even mentioned the output of Cocolife import Gysele Silva in the women’s professional league Super Liga.
“Si Silva ba hinahabol mo?” Almadro asked Espejo while the player was being interviewed.
“‘Yung ginawa ni Marck si Silva ang hinahabol niya pero hindi inabot, ‘di bale next time,” he said while looking at the stats sheet.
The Filipino college star wound up a point short of the Cuban pro’s mark.
Almadro said he was surprised learn after the match that Espejo has set a record.
“No, no, nagulat nga ako,” he said. “Sabi ko, typographical error ba ‘to sabi ko kanina? Sabi nila ‘hindi coach, totoo 55.’”
Almadro notes, however, that they have a lot of work to do to return to the finals.
“Nakakuha na kami ng isa, we will really work hard,” he said.