Shining Suns enjoy rare victory


Staff Writer

The Miyazaki Shining Suns have endured a miserable start to the 2012-13 season.

After a victory in their first game against the Shiga Lakestars on Oct. 13, Miyazaki lost its next 12 games, and most of them were blowouts.

Coach Junichiro Hongo’s club snapped its dreadful losing streak on Sunday, beating the Oita HeatDevils 86-75 in Saeki, Oita Prefecture.

Newcomer Ricky Woods was the Shining Suns’ catalyst, scoring 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Dominique Keller added 18 points, Yuto Otsuka scored 14 and Yuta Kojima had 10. Big man Thomas Fairley made big contributions as well, finishing with nine points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots for Miyazaki (2-12).

Cyrus Tate had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Oita (9-5), Matt Lottich scored 16, Kazuya “J.” Hatano poured in 10 points and gathered nine rebounds and Taj Finger also had a 10-point afternoon.

Phoenix 77, Lakestars 72

In Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, Adrian Thomas made 7 of 10 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Hamamatsu Higashimikawa to a bounce-back win over Shiga.

Jeffrey Parmer had 14 points and four assists and Elbert Fuqua scored 13 points for the Phoenix (9-7).

Wayne Arnold paced the Lakestars (8-6) with 17 points, while Shinya Ogawa had 15 and Dionisio Gomez added 10.

Golden Kings 81, Rizing 75

In Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, forward Terrance Woodbury scored a game-high 26 points and Morihisa Yamauchi and Narito Namizato each had 17 as Ryukyu defeated Fukuoka.

Naoto Kosuge added 12 points and Dzaflo Larkai corralled 13 rebounds for the Golden Kings (12-0), who didn’t play star big man Jeff Newton over the weekend due to a stomach virus.

Josh Peppers was the Rizing’s top scorer with 24 points and fellow veterans Julius Ashby (17 points, 11 boards) and Reggie Warren (12 points, 14 rebounds) had double-doubles. Jun Nakanishi scored 14 points for Fukuoka (8-6).

Brave Warriors 89, Cinq Reves 82

In Saku, Nagano Prefecture, Shinshu beat former coach Motofumi Aoki’s expansion club for the second time in as many days.

Edward Morris led the Brave Warriors (9-5) with 17 points, Takanori Goya scored 16 with five assists and Yosuke Saito had 15 points. Jermaine Green and Tadashi Utsunomiya added 12 and 10 points, respectively, while D’Mario Curry contributed seven points, four assists and two steals.

For Tokyo (5-9), Jonathan Jones scored 26 points and Cohey Aoki finished with 15.

Grouses 81, Albirex BB 70

In Toyama, Masashi Joho had the hot hand, putting 28 points on the board as the hosts rebounded from a 12-point defeat on Saturday.

Ira Brown scored 24 points and Angel Garcia had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Toyama (10-6).

Nile Murry led Niigata with 17 points and Chris Holm and Rodney Webb each scored nine. Holm also collected 19 rebounds.

The Albirex (9-5) misfired on 20 of 25 3-point shots.

Hannaryz 98, Five Arrows 88

In Kyoto, Yu Okada dropped 25 points on his former club and David Palmer pumped in 23 as the Hannaryz rolled to their sixth consecutive victory.

Gyno Pomare chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Kyosuke Setoyama dished out a game-high 10 assists for Kyoto (6-8).

Paul Williams scored 19 points for Takamatsu (4-8) and Dexter Lyons had 18. Masaaki Suzuki finished with 11 points and Brandon Penn and Hiroyuki Kikuchi scored 10 apiece.

Jets 88, Northern Happinets 74

In Akita, Joe Werner’s 26 points and 10 rebounds and Marquin Chandler’s 22-point, 13-rebound effort carried Chiba past the hosts.

Shota Isshiki scored 10 points and Hiroki Sato had nine for the Jets (5-7), who dropped the series opener. Kensuke Tanaka capably directed the offense, including 11 assists.

For Akita (9-3), T.J. Cummings scored 29 points and Dion Harris had 21 points and six assists. Jordan DeMercy added 15 points.

89ers 71, Crane Thunders 56

In Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, Sam Coleman and Takuya Komoda each had 15 points as Sendai completed a series sweep.

The 89ers (5-7) got 17 rebounds and seven points from Sam Willard and a determined effort from Takehiko Shimura (11 points, four assists, two steals). Komoda, who shot 7-for-16 from the field, added five rebounds, a steal and a block.

Kenya Tomori and Thomas Granado paced Gunma (1-15) with 11 points apiece and Shingo Okada scored 10 points.

After the game, Sendai coach Bob Pierce said, “Sam Coleman started today and gave us the boost we needed, as we began the game with an 11-0 run, and never gave up the lead. But it was a physical battle, and a couple of flagrant fouls were called as proof.

“We’re learning to be mentally and physically tougher on the second day.”

Pierce spoke highly of Komoda, Shimura and Willard as keys to victory.

“Taku had another solid outing, and our anchors, Take and Sam Willard, made sure we were winning today,” the coach added.