EBA Championship Game
Horizon are Champs!
After a fast-paced, well-fought battle, the Harrisburg Horizon edged-out the York mighty Ants to become the 2014 EBA Champs with a final score of 101-92. It's the first time since 2008 that the Horizon last hoisted the championship trophy.
2014 EBA Championship
York Mighty Ants
Jackson is EBA Championship MVP
Horizon Capture Eba Crown
The third meeting of the year between the two EBA rivals Mighty Ants and Horizon turned out to be the bell-ringer that everyone expected. Before a sizable crowd of equally distributed fans, the players put on a performance that you would expect in a Championship game with Harrisburg posting the victory 101-92.
York came in riding a five-game win streak, which included a semi-final last-second win over Westchester. Harrisburg had their 8-game perfect season on the line.
York got off to a fast start, and with Harrisburg showing some rust after a three-week layoff, the boys from I-83 South had the Horizon on the ropes with a 46-39 lead at halftime.
Harrisburg was plagued by 11 of 33 shooting from the field (33%) and ten first-half turnovers.
However, as they have done all season, the Green and White powerhouse erupted for 27 third-quarter points to take a six-point lead into the final quarter.
The Horizon’s Denzel Jackson scored seven of his team-high 21 points to lead the surge. The 6’ 6” Jackson, who played collegiately at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, was named MVP of the Championship game.
The Mighty Ants kept fighting back and were in the game to the end, trailing only 93-89 with 46 seconds left. At that point, Harrisburg guard, Jon Breeden scored a layup off a York turnover and went four for four from the foul line in the final 22.8 seconds to close out the game.
The trophy, after a five-year absence, was returned to Harrisburg!
Mccoy's Eagles And Horizon Score Big
Funny thing happened on the way to Bishop McDevitt H.S. on Saturday, March 22nd. The Horizon turned into the "proverbial Washington Generals" for their game against the Eagles.
The Eagle's players led by the NFL's star running back LeSean McCoy and backed up by linemen Boykin, Long, Curry.Herreman and Barwin and the Horizon put on an awesome exhibition of outside shooting, slam dunks and trick passing that thrilled the standing room only house of over 1000.
Sean McCoy led the Eagles with 29 of his team’s 76 points that went through the hoop.
The Horizon mixed it up, with Globetrotters style shots (or should we say Generals) to stay close throughout the game. With everyone getting in on the act Anthony Trautman in the end had 17 of the Horizon's 79 points.
With 20 seconds left in the game - suddenly the Aliens hit the scoreboard and the score was posted as 79-79. Much to the delight of the crowd!!!
The ball was taken out by the Eagles and Shady McCoy (on his Day) and Shady proceeded to dribble and fake and run the clock down to 5 seconds. He managed to get himself open and shot the missel of the game which touched nothing but net from 15 feet away. The crowd went wild - Shady had scored !!! And 81-79 was posted on the board as the crowd exited.
Horizon Sink The Bayraiders
Harrisburg Horizon continued their march through EBA opponents with a convincing 110- 90 win over the Maryland Bayraiders.
With the starters playing limited time to allow the bench some well-earned playing time, the Horizon still dominated the over-matched Bayraiders with their team depth and steady play.
Anthony Trautman was high man for the victors with 28 points. Charles Parker managed to squeeze out his fourth straight triple-double to keep his streak alive with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Denzel Jackson added to his league leading rebound totals with 17 boards and 11 points. Kevin Onyeaka thrilled the crowd with several spectacular dunks as he scored 18 points and 10 rebounds to give the Horizon a double-double hat trick
Darnell Sneed dropped 35 points for the Bayraiders. Playing with only five regulars most of the losers scoring load fell on the capable shoulders of the veteran Sneed.more...
Horizon Notch Win #5
The Harrisburg Horizon travelled to York and made their arch rival victim #5 of the 2014 season.
The game was hotly contested for two quarters with the Horizon holding on to a nine point advantage at halftime. Coming out of the locker room, the Horizon asserted themselves at both ends controlling the boards and driving the lane to open up an 18 point advantage after three quarters .
Urged on by the hometown crowd, the Mighty Ants fought back to pull within four midway through the 4th, only to have the Horizon reassert themselves and take control for a 124-108 victory
The game featured a quad-double by rebounding wizard Denzel Jackson. This was the first quad that Denzel can ever remember scoring at any level and it appears to be (as well as anyone can remember ) a first for the EBA. Denzel's Quad had 17 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks.
Charlie Parker continued his triple doubles streak with a team leading 31 points while adding 18 rebounds, 14 assists, 7 steals and 2 blocks. Anthony Trautman had 27 points. Others in double figures were Vance 16, Onyeaka 14 and Boone 11.
Former Horizon big man Akeem Washinton scored 21 for the Ants and another former Horizon, Jerren Harris, had 12
The Horizon return to their home floor next Sunday to play the Maryland Bayraiders.
Horizon Remain Undefeated
Behind another great performance from Denzel Jackson, the Horizon recorded their fourth straight victory of the season 115- 104 over the Metrowest Ballas from Boston Mass.
Trailing at halftime 57-54, the Horizon used their over-all team scoring balance and depth to surge to an 81-73 lead after 3 quarters and never looked back.
Denzel Jackson led the team scoring with 29 points and added 18 rebounds. Charlie Parker returned to action after a bout with the flu, and scored a triple -double 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
The Metrowest Ballas, making their league debut, proved to be very competitive and a force to be reckoned with in the future. Anthony Gurley had a game high 37 points and added 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Dave Harrison had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the visitors from Boston. more...
Horizon Stay Undefeated
A day that began with trepidation turned into blue skies for the Horizon. Three of the starters were out of the line-up. The team would play without All-Star guard Charlie Parker (flu), Cody Boone (on his way to Moroocco for the rest of the season to play in the Asian league) and Kevin Onyeaka (stranded in the Penn State campus without transportation).
Here’s where the cream rose to the top and the Horizon demonstrated the depth of the team. Anthony Trautman, always a dependable rock, knocked down 31 points to lead the team to a 125-99 victory over the Philadelphia Knights, who were making their EBA debut.
But what the coaches didn’t see was the emergence of a new super star. Denzel Jackson, a home-grown Philadelphian, took the team on his shoulders and pounded the Knights. He set a new EBA record of 33 rebounds. YES – that’s right – 33 rebounds from a 6’ 6” forward playing his second game in the league. He knocked down a record that has stood since 2000, when Troy Smith of the New Philadelphia Firedogs grabbed 32.
The Horizon best before Jackson destroyed the boards on Sunday, was 23 by Brad Merriweather in 2007.
Denzel rounded-out his monster game with 29 points, 8 assists, 5 steals, and a record for the ages.
The former Horizon players, CJ Scott (21) and Dom Asbury (18) played solid games and tried to keep the Knights in the action. But in the end, the Horizon had too much experience, too much depth, and too much Jackson and Trautman. more...
Horizon's Denzel Jackson Sets Eba Rebounding Record
Denzel Jackson 6'6'' (F) from University of MD Eastern Shore pulled down 33 rebounds for a new EBA rebound record as he led the Harrisburg Horizon to a 125-99 victory over the Philadelphia Knights.
Previous EBA record was 32 set in 2000 by Troy Smith of the New Philadelphia Firedogs.
Horizon Move Into First
Anybody familiar with the old song, “Two Different Worlds,” would think that was the tune on the minds of the Horizon team Sunday, January 26 as they did battle with their I-81N rivals, the Diamond City Playaz (Wilkes-Barre).
Down 29 to 20 after one period and still in the hole 55 to 52 at halftime, the big green machine looked like they had forgotten to show up on this frigid inside and outside an afternoon. After a few astute locker room words from the coaches, the Horizon emerged with a different look in their eyes and the old magic in their shots.
Anthony Trautman knocked down 11 of his team-high 32 points in the third quarter. Demond Vance cranked up the 3-point barage making three for 13 of his 24 total and Allen Richardson came off the bench to make six of his eight points.
All in all, the third quarter assault amounted to 45 points against 16 scored by Wilkes-Barre and their rout was born –with Harrisburg Holding a 97 to 71 lead after three on the way to their 40-point 130 to 90 victory.
As there topsy turvy day was progressing, the Horizon’s EBA All-Star, Charlie Parker, was holding the team in the game and quietly compiling another outstanding game. Parker’s numbers gave him his first triple-double of the season with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Horizon will be idle next week as the Super Bowl is played. They return to action February 9 against the newly formed Philadelphia Knights.
Horizon Win Home Opener
Harrisburg Horizon opened their 2014 EBA season with a 106-98 win over the York Mighty Ants.
It was the first game of the season for both teams who spent most of the first quarter finding out who their teammates were. Then things settled down and a competitive game developed.
Charlie Parker, returning to the Horizon line-up after stints in Iceland and Denmark, turned in a stellar performance with 28 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals. Demond Vance hit four 3-point shots in the second quarter while scoring 16 of his 20 points. League rookies and Harrisburg natives from Central Dauphin East H.S. Kevin Onyeaka and Jon Breeden had 11 and 10 points respectively.
York Mighty Ants turned in a very solid outing as they make their first appearance in the EBA. As the season progresses and they gain experience, they’ll be a team to watch.
Their 6’4” guard, Quinn Howard led the Ants’ scoring with 21 points. He was followed by Jerren Harris (Millersville) with 13 points and Chad Tipton (Calif of PA) with 12.
Horizon will be in action on Sunday, January 26, against the Diamond City Playaz (Wilkes-Barre) and the Might Ants will host the Maryland Bayraiders in their home opener the same day at the New Hope Academy in York, PA. more...
New Faces On 2014 Horizon Roster
Former CD East Standouts Head the New Faces on 2014 Horizon Roster
Jonathan Breeden and Kevin Onyeaka, former Central Dauphin East standouts from their 2009 District AAAA Chapionship team, have been added to the 2014 Harrisburg Horizon roster.
Jonathan was selected Male Athlete of the Year by the Patriot News as a high school senior and was named MVP of the District 3 tournament. He went on to play three years at Siena College before transferring to West Chester University for his senior year.
Kevin was also a member of the CD East 2009 Championship squad. The 6’ 5” forward played two years for Penn State Mount Alto before moving to the main campus and becoming a walk-on for Coach Pat Chambers’ Nittany Lions.
In all, the 2014 Horizon will have half of their squad from the greater Harrisburg area. Joining Jonathan and Kevin is 6’ 5” forward Josiah Peay, who played for the University of Maine, is now living with his family in the area. Two former Harrisburg High players, 6’ 2” guard, Allen Richardson out of Central Penn College, and 6’ 4” forward, Willie Buie Jr., add to the local ranks. Rounding out the local sixsome is Kenton Alston, former Steel High standout, who holds all of Penn State Harrisburg’s scoring records.
The Horizon will welcome back former EBA MVP Charlie Parker and EBA All-Star Cody Boone. Parker has spent the last two seasons in Iceland and Denmark. The 6’ 10” Boone has been rehabbing various injuries.
Completing the squad are Anthony Trautman (Lebanon Valley), back for his third year, Demond Vance, the rapidly improving sharpshooter from Millersville University, fresh off his 1st team All-EBA season, and newcomer Denzel Jackson, the 6’ 6” forward from Philadelphia out of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Horizon Begin Eba Play
Harrisburg Horizon begins its 17th season in the EBA on January 19. The Horizon will tip-off at 2:00 pm at the Rowland Middle School Gym against the league's newest addition, the York Mighty Ants.
Dan Joyner returns for his second season as coach and he will field a veteran squad that will be looking to reclaim the EBA title that has eluded them for several years.
Cody Boone, 6'10" center (Seton Hill) and Charlie Parker, EBA MVP in 2011 will return to the Horizon line-up. Parker has spent the last two seasons in Iceland and Denmark, and Boone has for the most part been out with injuries. They will be joined by last year's Ist team All-EBA guards Dom Asbury and Anthony Trautman.
New acquisitions for the Horizon in 2014 and expected to see many minutes of playing time are: former Central Dauphin east star Jon Breeden, who played for Siena College before moving to West Chester U. and all PSAC 1st team honors; 6'5" power forward Josiah Peay, U.of Maine; and local favorite from Penn State Harrisburg, 6'3" guard Kent Alston. Kent holds all of PSU/Hbg points, rebounding and blocks records in addition to being a 4-time all-conference selection.
Final 12 man roster will be selected after the team's final practice on Sunday, January 12.
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.