It’s been a rough start this season for the Shimane Susanoo Magic.
After three straight playoff-qualifying seasons, the Magic fell to 0-5 on Saturday, losing 68-50 to the visiting Kyoto Hannaryz in Unnan, Shimane Prefecture.
Shimane shot 17-for-59 from the field in the low-scoring game, including 14-for-48 from inside the 3-point arc. Thomas Kennedy, a key offseason acquisition, was 4-for-16 from the field in an 11-point outing. Shawn Malloy also scored 11 points to lead the hosts. Tatsuhiro Yokoo added 10 points for the fourth-year franchise and Koki Yabuuchi had eight. (Former Shimane star Michael Parker, meanwhile, had 17 points, 10 rebound, seven steals and three blocks on Saturday for the NBL’s Wakayama Trians in a 13-point win over the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins.)
Shimane coach Vlasios Vlaikidis’ team led 12-10 after the opening quarter in the bj-league contest. The game was knotted at 25-25 at halftime, and Kyoto pulled away in the second half.
Every new coach faces an adjustment period when he takes over a team. The Susanoo Magic are no different in that regard. They have opened the season against three Western Conference playoff teams from a year ago: Shiga Lakestars, Rizing Fukuoka (2012-13 championship runnerup) and Kyoto (back-to-back Final Fours). And of Shimane’s five losses, three have been by less than five points — four, one and four, to be precise.
On Saturday, Kyoto’s David Palmer drained 5 of 6 3-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points. Joe Werner added 14 points and Edwin Ubiles, a former Washiongton Wizard, had 12 off the bench in 22-plus minutes. Takuya Komoda scored 10 points for Kyoto, which improved to 3-0, and Chris Holm had seven points and 13 rebounds.
Northern Happinets 90, Cinq Reves 59
In Tachikawa, Tokyo, Akita’s Ruben Boykin Jr. scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and four teammates scored in double figures in a rout over the Cinq Reves.
Richard Roby scored 15 points, Chas McFarland had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Yuki Togashi contributed 14 points and 10 assists with no turnovers. Forward Elhaji Wade had 10 points.
McFarland, a former Wake Forest University center, finished with four blocked shots and three steals.
Tokyo scored less than 20 points in all four quarters, including eight in the final stanza. Akita, which improved to 5-0, had 21 or more points in all four periods.
The Happinets hauled in 23 offensive rebounds and out-rebounded the hosts 56-41. They also shot 53.2 percent (33-for-62) from inside the arc, including three Roby dunks.
Yuji Ide paced the Cinq Reves with 16 points, Edward Morris scored 14 and Ricky Woods had 13.
Broncos 73, B-Corsairs 66
In Saitama, John “Helicopter” Humphrey and Michael Joiner scored 14 points apiece and Junya Masumoto had 11 as the hosts prevailed over Yokohama.
Anwar Ferguson chipped in with nine points and 12 rebounds for the Broncos.
Marquise Gray had 25 points and 16 rebounds for the B-Corsairs, the defending bj-league champions who are 2-3 to start the season under new coach Michael Katsuhisa.
Omar Reed added 15 points, hitting four 3s, and Wayne Marshall scored 13 for Yokohama.
Brave Warriors 92, Bambitious 88
In Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, former Osaka Evessa guard Shota Konno had a game-high 25 points to lead Shinshu past Nara.
Konno converted 11 of 13 shots from the free-throw line. Shoji Nakanishi and Jeffrey Parmer each had 17 points for the Brave Warriors.
Nara, a first-year franchise, slipped to 0-5. The Bambitious attempted 43 3-point shots and made 14. They were 18-for-28 from 2-point range led by Jamar Abrams’ 7-for-10. Abrams scored a team-best 17 points, followed by Joe Chapman’s 16, Anthony Brown’s 13 and 11 apiece by Adrian Moss and Taishi Kasahara, the latter of whom is averaging 7.4 ppg.
Parmer snagged 11 rebounds and handed out four assists. Yosuke Saito dished out four assists for Shinshu (2-1).
Grouses 88, 89ers 79
In Toyama, Ira Brown’s 24-point, 18-rebound performance and Masashi Joho’s 21-point effort guided the Grouses to a win over Sendai.
Josh Gross had 13 points for Toyama and Sam Willard scored 10 and raked in 15 rebounds against his former club. Takeshi Mito added nine points and three steals for the Grouses, who are 3-0 under their second-year coach, former NBA forward Bob Nash.
Brown was 10-for-13 from inside the arc and canned 1 of 2 3s for good measure. Joho has scored 20-plus points in all three of Toyama’s wins to date.
Wendell White finished with 28 points and eight rebounds for Sendai and Travele Jones had 15 points. Fumiya Sato scored 10 points and Takehiko Shimura had nine points and four assists.
Phoenix 72, Rizing 57
In Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, Jermaine Dixon scored 17 points, Aki Chambers had 11 and Deshawn Stephens netted 10 as Hamamatsu Higashimikawa routed Fukuoka.
Reggie Warren paced the Rizing with 15 points. Michael Dale and Cohey Aoki both scored nine.
Fukuoka was 4-for-19 from beyond the arc.
Dale grabbed 14 rebounds and Warren had 10 boards for his fourth double-double in five games.
Atsuya Ota and Cyrus Tate scored eight points apiece and Atsuya Ota had seven for the Phoenix, whose 24-point fourth quarter represented the only 10-minute frame for either team that produced 20 or more points.
The Rizing were held to 21-for-61 shooting on the night.
Evessa 90, HeatDevils 86
In Saeki, Oita Prefecture, do-it-all floor leader Kevin Galloway steered Osaka to a narrow victory over the HeatDevils.
The Texas Southern product filled the stat sheet with 22 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocks and Naoto Nakamura added 14 points for the 3-0 Evessa. Four more Osaka players reached double digits in points: Zach Andrews (13), Dillion Sneed (11) and Marcus Capers (10). Naoto Takushi registered six assists.
For Oita, Taishiro Shimizu scored 22 points, knocking down four 3s in the series opener. Gabe McCulley and Hiroki Oshiro each had 17 points and center Devonne Giles scored 16. The HeatDevils kept it close by canning 12 of 21 3s.
Wat’s 80, Albirex BB 66
In Aomori, the hosts jumped out to a 23-8 advantage after one quarter and took a 30-point lead into the locker room at halftime, helping bench boss Koju Munakata’s first-year club improve to 2-3.
Gordon Klaiber led the Wat’s with 19 points and drained 4 of 6 3s. Eric May scored 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting with six assists. Yuki Kitamuki also canned four 3s in a 13-point outing. Makoto Sawaguchi chipped in with nine points and five assists for Aomori.
Patrick Sullivan was Niigata’s top scorer with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting and Rodney Webb had 14 points with 10 boards. Nile Murry and Yuichi Ikeda both scored 13 points for the Albirex, who slipped to 2-3 under first-year coach Fujitaka Hiraoka.
Golden Kings 83, Lakestars 70
In Yasu, Shiga Prefecture, Kibwe Trim scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Anthony McHenry poured in 18 points in an all-around excellent effort as Ryukyu topped the Lakestars.
Trim made 9 of 10 shots from the field. McHenry, the reigning league MVP, added nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks for the Western Conference power.
Scootie Randall poured in 17 points and Shigeyuki Kinjo scored 10 for the Golden Kings (4-1).
Shiga led 38-36 at the half.
Shelton Colwell paced the hosts with 16 points, Dionisio Gomez scored 13, Marshall Brown had 12 and Brandon Fields 11. Jumpei Nakama added nine points.