Former Japan national team coach Zeljko Pavlicevic won his first game as a bj-league coach on Sunday, guiding the expansion Shimane Susanoo Magic to an 83-64 victory over the Saitama Broncos.
Forward Reginald Golson scored a team-high 21 points to go along with 13 rebounds and six steals and center Will Caudle added 20 for Shimane, which lost its season opener by 12 points. Tatsuhiro Yokoo poured in 16 points and Takumi Ishizaki added 10 and a game-best 13 assists.
The Susanoo Magic (1-1) jumped out to a 41-25 by intermission.
For Saitama, Gordon Klaiber was the top scorer with 17 points, Kazuya Hatano added 15 and ex-NBA point guard Kenny Satterfield, coming off a 16-point, six-assist effort on Saturday, had 13 points and eight assists. Satterfield also had seven of the Broncos’ 19 turnovers.
The Broncos are 1-1 under first-year coach Bob Nash, whose son, Bobby, scored 15 points in the team’s season-opening win.
Five Arrows 87, Golden Kings 85 (OT)
In Naha, Okinawa Pref., Satoshi Takeda scored 20 points to lead Takamatsu to a series split and a win over Ryukyu.
The Five Arrows (1-1) had five players reach double figures in scoring, including Jeffrey Price (17), Terrance Farley (14), Hiroyuki Kikuchi (13) and Rasheed Sparks (12), who rejoined the team after a season with the Tokyo Apache.
Sparks also had 13 rebounds and five assists as Takamatsu rebounded from a 14-point loss on Saturday.
Anthony McHenry, beginning his third season with the Golden Kings (1-1), scored a game-high 27 points. Jeff Newton added 18 points and 16 boards, newcomer Abdullahi Kuso scored 15 and pulled down 19 rebounds and ex-Niigata Albirex BB guard Naoto Kosuge, who scored 16 points in his Ryukyu debut, finished with 14 points.
Lakestars 89, Rizing 71
In Yasu, Shiga Pref., Masashi Joho scored 25 points and was 9-for-14 from 2-point range to lead Shiga to a series split against Fukuoka, giving Takatoshi Ishibashi his first victory as Shiga’s new head coach.
Lamar Rice finished with 21 points, Mikey Marshall added 18 points and five assists and Gary Hamilton had a 17-point, 17-rebound, five-block effort for the Lakestars (1-1), who qualified for the playoffs for the first time in team history last season.
For the Rizing (1-1), Michael Parker had a 29-point performance. Brazilian center Thiago Cordeiro, who had 10 points, was Fukuoka’s only other double-digit scorer.
Evessa 83, Shining Suns 63
In Osaka, rookie head coach Ryan Blackwell improved to 2-0, guiding the hosts to a series sweep over the expansion Miyazaki club.
Two-time MVP Lynn Washington paced the Evessa with 27 points and 14 rebounds and William Knight added 14 points and nine boards, while Lawrence Blackledge scored 11 and Masashi Obuchi had nine.
Miyazaki (0-2) shot 2-for-14 from 3-point range after dropping its first-ever game by three points on Saturday.
Jackie Manuel led the Shining Suns with 24 points and Elijah Palmer had 22. Coach Koto Toyama’s club shot 11-for-28 at the free-throw line in the loss.
Phoenix 103, Grouses 68
In Toyama, defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa routed the hosts and improved to 2-0.
The Phoenix canned 16 of 31 3-point attempts and scored 20 or more points in each of the four quarters, while the Grouses topped the 20-point plateau only once, in the final period.
Toyama shot a dreadful 1-for-15 from 3-point range.
Hamamatsu’s Wayne Arnold, who was 6-for-11 on 3s, scored a game-high 27 points. Three teammates also scored in double figures.
Hakeem Johnson paced the Grouses (0-2) with 14 points.
89ers 94, Happinets 75
In Akita, Mac Hopson scored 33 points and Mike Bell added 24 to lead Sendai to a season-opening sweep of the hosts, an expansion club.
Hopson flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 10 rebounds and nine assists. He had 35 points in the season opener for the 89ers (2-0).
Sendai center Chris Holm, the two-time rebounding champ, added 14 points and 15 boards.
For Akita (0-2), Antonio Burks was the high scorer with 19 points, followed by Sek Henry (15), Makoto Hasegawa (12), Paul Butorac (11) and Makoto Sawaguchi (nine)>.