Sunday was a good day for the bj-league teams that lost their series openers a day earlier.
Call it “Bounce-back Sunday,” after eight teams salvaged series splits, winning their rematches to close out the weekend.
The Shimane Susanoo Magic, for instance, picked up a 104-77 road win over the Shiga Lakestars in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, after a 22-point loss on Saturday.
Reggie Golson and Forrest Ray Fisher III each had 26 points to lead the expansion Shimane club to a morale-boosting win.
Golson added 13 points and eight rebounds and Fisher dished out five assists as the Susanoo Magic improved to 12-18. Tatsuhiro Yokoo poured in 19 points, Jeral Davis scored 14 along with 11 boards, while floor leader Takumi Ishizaki had an 11-point, six-rebound, six-assist effort.
Coach Zeljko Pavlicevic’s club outscored Shiga 30-13 in the third quarter to seize control of the game.
For Shiga (19-11), Masashi Joho was the top scorer with 24 points, followed by Lamar Rice with 20 and Josh Peppers with 13. Gary Hamilton, who had 26 rebounds in the series opener, was held to 10 on Sunday.
Hannaryz 88, Apache 85
In Kyoto, Naoto Nakamura scored 22 points, including a 6-for-9 effort from 3-point range, reigning league MVP Wendell White had 19 points and eight assists and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, only a few weeks away from his 42nd birthday, had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds in a victory over Tokyo.
The Hannaryz improved to 15-15.
For Tokyo (14-10), Byron Eaton scored a team-best 24 points and Robert Swift had 16 and grabbed 10 boards. Michael Chappell scored 13 and Cohey Aoki finished with 11. Jumpei Nakama, coming off a 32-point performance, was held to eight points on 3-for-12 shooting. Nakama also had a poor day at the free-throw line (1-for-5).
Evessa 84, Rizing 72
In Fukuoka, Lawrence Blackledge scored 29 points and raked in 12 rebounds, Billy Knight added 17 points and Wayne Marshall notched a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) in Osaka’s triumph over the hosts.
Daisuke Tamura poured in 12 points and Hirohisa Takada dished out five assists for Osaka (19-11).
Shining Suns 93, HeatDevils 79
In Saiki, Oita Prefecture, Brandon Cole’s 24 points and 12 rebounds and Taishiro Shimizu’s 23 points sparked Miyazaki to win over the HeatDevils.
Elijah Palmer and Jackie Manuel both had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Shining Suns (9-21).
Albirex BB 83, Phoenix 80
In Niigata, clutch free throws lifted Masaya Hirose’s club to a victory over the league’s top team, which saw its 10-game winning streak end.
Nick DeWitz made two foul shots with 16 seconds left, giving the Albirex (15-13) an 81-80 lead. After Hamamatsu Higashimikawa’s Jeffrey Parmer missed a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left, Niigata’s Issa Konare sealed the win with two more free throws.
Broncos 83, Grouses 78
In Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Kenny Satterfield carried the hosts to a win, scoring 36 points, including seven 3s, and dishing out six assists.
George Leach had 12 points, Yuki Kitamuki added 11 and Daiki Terashita scored 10 for the Broncos (12-18).
Golden Kings 81, 89ers 70
In Sendai, Jeff Newton’s hard-nosed effort (23 points, 20 rebounds) and Carlos Dixon’s 16-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist performance guided Ryukyu to a series-closing victory.
Five Arrows 67, Happinets 61
In Akita, Shuichi Takada scored 24 points and Jeffrey Price and Masaaki Suzuki added 16 apiece for Takamatsu against the expansion Northern Happinets.
Price and Rasheed Sparks each grabbed 16 rebounds for the Five Arrows (8-22), who triumphed despite shooting 2-for-21 from 3-point range.