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Horizon Winning Streak Reaches 16
A home and home series over the weekend resulted in two wins for the Horizon but not before some heart pounding moments.
The "Big Green Machine" had all they could handle from a much improved and spunky Schuylkill Firedogs team.
The Saturday night affair on Schuylkill's court started out relatively calm with the Horizon going up 64-46 at half. But the Firedogs came out of the locker room with all jets firing and outscored the Horizon 47-27 in the third quarter to take the lead at 93-91.
From that point on it was Charlie Parker time. His determination, grit and talent kicked in and he literally carried the team on his back to a 125-115 victory. Parker ended the night with 29 points, 15 rebounds. 17 assists, 7 steals and 2 blocks. The only thing he didn't do was sell hot dogs at halftime. This performance has to rank as one of his all-time EBA best.
As good as Parker was, it took a total team effort to secure victory. Hockaday and Vance each had 23 points. Demond's total included four crucial 3-pointers. Josiah Peay had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Cory Boone 12 and Allen Richardson 10 to round out the double scorers.
The Firedogs kept it close with big scoring efforts from Shannon Givens with 39 points that included five 3's. Cory Houser's 33 round-out the Firedogs' big scorers.
The teams went back at each other Sunday afternoon on the Horizon's home court. Both teams showed some flatness from the night before but the game soon heated up and turned into a real nail biter for both sides.
The Horizon were down by two at half 50-48 and the Dogs increased it to 8 mid-way through the third. Kevin Onyeaka injected some energy into the Horizon line-up with three monster dunks and the home team gradually climbed back into the lead.
However, the outcome of the game went right down to the wire. The Firedogs missed two free throws and a jumper with seconds remaining allowing the Horizon to hang on to a 101-99 victory and keep their winning streak alive at 16.
Parker recorded his sixth triple-double of the season with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Demond Vance (19), Kevin Onyeaka (14), and Cody Boone (10) also put double figures in the book.y
Shannon Givens (26), Will Barrett (20) and Cory Houser (19) were high-scorers for the Firedogs.
Horizon Streak Continues
With a 122-95 victory over the York Mighty Ants, the Horizon (5-0) stretched their winning streak 14 over a two year period
The game had it's early minutes of anxiety as the Horizon went down 12-0 at the start. Perhaps they thought the tip off was 2:15pm. They soon adjusted to the big bodies on the small York court and breezed to a dominating 27 point victory.
Charlie Parker continued his torrid play to lead the team with his 4th triple-double of the year. Charlie had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists. He came up one shy of a Quad-double with 9 steals. Other Horizons breaking into double-doubles were Denzel Jackson 18 points, 12 rebounds and Josiah Peay 17 points and 12 rebounds. Jon Breedon 17, Troy Hockaday 16, and Demond Vance 14 rounded out the others in double figures.
The Mighty Ants got a game high performance from Kelvin Parker's 26 followed by Seth Leonard's 24.
Horizon Stretch Their Win Streak To 13 Games
The Horizon (4-0) continue to be the class of the EBA as they stretched their two year win streak, with an impressive 127-115 win over last year runners-up, The York mighty Ants (0-3).
York opened up with an early 13-7 lead but the Horizon quickly took charge with a 16-0 run and never looked back.
The Horizon again exhibited a balanced scoring attack with six of its dressed players in double figures. Demond Vance and Jon Breedon each had 24 points to lead the way. Charlie Parker recorded another triple-double, his third of the season, with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
Nate Edwards rode 3 3-pointers to his team high 24 points as the Ants absorbed their third loss of the season.
Horizon will be on the road the next two games and return to Manny Weaver Gym march 22 to play the Marietta Ga. Tarantulas.
Horizon And Firedogs Complete Trade
Harrisburg Horizon G.M. Cynthia Anzolut and Schuylkill Firedogs Director of Player Personnel, Rich Mills announced today that they have completed a trade.
Dontahe Jordan will be moving from the Horizon to the Firedogs roster. The 6'4'' forward from Bloomsburg University, a rookie in the EBA, played 3 games with the Horizon averaging 7 ppg, 3.7 assists and 9.3 rebounds.
The trade was made for future consideration. Jordan will play his first game for the Firedogs Saturday February 28th against the York Mighty Ants.
Harrisburg Horizon (3-0) rode a strong team effort to post a 127-98 win over the Schuylkill (1-1) Firedogs.
Six players posted double-digit point totals led by the West Chester University guard tandem Jon Breeden and Troy Hockaday with career-high 20. Charlie Parker chipped in a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Denzel Jackson continued his control of the boards as he registered a double-double 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Firedogs are a young team, short on experience but they fought hard against the defending EBA Champions as they ventured onto the road for the first time.
Darnell Braswell, their 6'1'' guard, led the team with 30 points. Will Barrett, 6'10'' Center from Princeton, had six 3's, all in the 2nd half, as he posted 19 points. Ethan Eichhorst contributed 25 points for the losing effort.
Horizon Post 2nd Win Of 2015 Season
Horizon's Charlie Parker (Millersville U.) continued his dominating play as he lead his team to a hard fought 125-108 victory over the newcomers from the Nationís capital DMV Warriors.
The Horizon found themselves down 36-24 after one. Parker then went to work and threw in 10 of his 24 point total in the 2nd quarter to give the Horizon a 57-54 edge at halftime.
The big green machine continued to roll in the final two quarters with sharp shooting and aggressive defense to secure victory.
Josiah Peay (U of Maine) along with Parker contributed a double -double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Peay's early season performances have him in line for team's most improved honors.
Denzel Jackson pulled down 17 rebounds to go with Parker's 14, as the Horizon controlled the boards. DMV suffered a blow to their rebounding game late in the first period when their 6'1'' Center Mike Anderson sustained a tail bone injury and was unable to continue. He had already pulled down 7 rebounds when he was forced from the game.
EBA veterans Brian Smith and Randy Gill had 21 points each for the visitors. DMV, on this opening game performance showed that they will be a team to be reckoned with as the season progresses.
Horizon (2-0) will take on the Schuylkill Firedogs (1-0) next Sunday Feb 22. The players will conduct their Sertoma Fantasy Camp clinic for the hard of hearing youth before the game.
Horizon Beat Bayraiders In Season Opener
Updated: Monday, January 26 2015, 06:52 PM EST
Posted by: Jason Bristol
HARRISBURG - Charlie Parker registered a triple-double and team newcomer Nick Brady scored 15 points Sunday in the Harrisburg Horizon's 122-95 victory over the Maryland Bayraiders at Manny Weaver Gym.
Parker scored 24 points and added 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Horizon (1-0) pulled away in the second quarter from the short-handed Bayraiders (1-1), who traveled with only five players.
Brady, a product of York College who's played professionally in Iceland, came off the bench and instantly showed he's a deep threat by hitting on two of his first three 3-point attempts.
Harrisburg is the defending Eastern Basketball Alliance champions.
Joey Henley totaled 45 points and 27 rebounds for Maryland. The league record for most rebounds in a game is 33, set last season by Harrisburg's Denzel Jackson.
Harrisburg's Demond Vance scored fifteen points and CD East grad Kevin Onyeaka had 10, including two off a thunderous alley-oop in the first half.
Come out and root for the Horizon as they begin defense of their EBA Crown!
First home game is Sunday January 25th starting at 2:00 pm. All Horizon home games are played at Rowland Middle School 1841 Derry Street in Harrisburg.
Harrisburg Horizon hosted the 14th Annual Sertoma Fantasy Basketball Clinic for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing boys and girls Sunday, March 16th at the Manny Weaver Gym, Harrisburg. Area children between the ages of 6 and 18 attended. Following the clinic, State Farm Insurance and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, sponsors of the day, hosted the kids and their families at a pizza party before the Horizon games.
Hoffman Ford Horizon Celebrity game - BIG hit with fans. The Harrisburg City Police and Firemen battled the Central PA Celebrity team in a spirited game played before the Horizon game, Sunday, February 23rd.