Anthony Trautman, the 6'2" guard from Lebanon Valley College, led the Harrisburg Horizon to a 118-92 victory over the N.Y. Primetime and scoring a career high 31 pooints.
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Horizon Can Hold Heads High
The Horizon travelled to Brentwood Long Island Sunday for their final game of the 2013 season. The EBA title was on the line. A win would move the Horizon into first. It was not to be!
Sharp shooting by Anthony Trautman, Trey Sharpe and Dom Asbury put the team in the lead after the first quarter by six. The Wizards came right back to hold a six point lead at half. The Horizon went cold in the third to go down 12 but roared back to tie the score at 103 only to lose in the end 118-116.
The two loses to NY - once at home by two and on the road by two - cost the Horizon their chance for the EBA title. However the team can hold their heads high. They fought valiantly until the end. Enduring a four hour van ride to NY, they played without two key men - Obade and Salisbery - and still almost pulled out victory!
Dom Asbury and Trey Sharpe each had 26 points, followed by Trautman’s 22, Harris’ 16 and Washington’s 14.
The Horizon will now look forward to a strong and successful 2014 season beginning in January.
Horizon Snag Overtime Win
Harrisburg Horizon (5-2) closed out their home season with a thrilling 131-127 overtime win over the Washington Madness (3-2).
Dustin Salisbery (g. Temple ) playing his first game for the Horizon started fast with 11 of his team high 23 points in the first quarter. Horizon had 7 of it's nine players in double figures.
Chris Howard led all scorers putting up 44 points for the losing Madness.
Wizards Beat Horizon In Exciting Last Minute(s)
It was billed as the game of the year and the fans were not disappointed. Joel Perez's shot at the buzzer sailed wide of the mark and the Horizon (4-2) suffered their first home loss 103-101 to the N.Y. Wizards (5-1)
Akeem Washington had a game high 29 points for the losers. His total was followed by Dom Asbury’s 28. In the end however, the Horizon can look no further than the foul line for their defeat - as a team they shot a dismal 15 for 36.
The Wizards were down 10 with 2 minutes to play. Pressing defense along with Anthony Cox's 9 of his 23 points and Eric Ferguson's 9 of his 17 points in the 4th quarter combined to bring them back into the game.
Horizon Extend Home Streak
Harrisburg Horizon (4-1) won a thrilling 95-94 victory over the Schuylkill Firedogs. The win stretched their home winning streak to four. The Firedogs were a last minute replacement for the N.J. Bullets who were unable to appear due to transportation problems.
Akeem Washington scored a career high 29 points and added 12 rebounds. Trey Sharpe kept his double-double streak alive at 4 with 10 points and 12 assists.
Horizon take to the court next against the N.Y. Wizards (4- 1) Sunday March 17 2pm.
Harrisburg - Wizards Preparing For Showdown
Two of the flagship programs of the re-vamping EBA are preparing, in their own way, for their upcoming showdown on Sunday 3/17 in Harrisburg PA.
The Harrisburg Horizon have played 4 EBA games this season, and clearly their tried and true method of playing the best EBA competition they can find and dominating opponents at home, has placed them among the most powerful minor league basketball clubs in the area.
The Wizards, with permission from EBA ownership, set out this season on a “world Tour” in an attempt to promote EBA expansion and show the quality of minor league basketball in and around the NY area.
Both teams currently (at the writing of this article) stand at 3-1 and although both teams can score, it’s defense (very unusual in minor league basketball) where they make their mark. The Horizon squad has given up a stingy 103 PPG while scoring 118 PPG. The Wizards give up a stifling 93 PPG while scoring 113 PPG.
“The Horizon have been, and always will be one of the best run teams in the EBA, and truly all of minor league sports” Stated Coach Greg Cerillo “We continually use such a program as a yardstick for our own teams success”
Cerillo continued: “These are not two men’s league clubs claiming professional status. These are two legit pro teams with players overseas clubs want to see and sign. That is what the league has allowed the Wizards to do this season with an abbreviated EBA schedule and an increased showcase schedule. We have set out to prove the quality of the EBA and teams and players who want to play a true level of professional basketball should seek out this level.”
The Horizon will prepare for their showdown game with the Wizards with a game against the NJ Bullets on Sunday 3/10. The Wizards have an exhibition contest at Centenary College (as a fundraiser for the Centenary Sports Management Program) on Saturday 3/9, and an Intersquad Scrimmage on Friday 3/15 at Fundamental Sports Training in Westbury.
Horizon Avenge Early Season Loss
Harrisburg (3-1) hung on for a hard fought 108-105 victory that exacted a measure of revenge for a loss to Westchester (1-2) earlier in the season.
Clutch 4th quarter shooting from the 3-point and foul line from guard Trey Sharpe secured the Horizon win. Dom Asbury led the Horizon with 27 points, followed by Anthony Trautman’s 21. Sharpe had his third straight double-double by adding 10 assists to his 14 points. Both big men for Harrisburg also recorded double-doubles: Boone and Washington each had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Absent from the Horizon line-up was their 6'9''Center, Pat Grubbs.
Aaron Williams was high man for the Dutchmen tossing in 29 points. He was followed by 7'0'' Joe Dorsett’s 23 and Jamall Webb’s 22.
Harrisburg Horizon Breeze Past Primetime
Harrisburg Horizon continued their home court over-powering dominance of EBA opponents, as they breezed to a 118-92 victory over the N.Y. Primetime.
Anthony Trautman, former Lebanon Valley College star, led the scoring parade with 31 points. Dominique Asbury added 23. Trey Sharpe recorded his second straight double-double since returning to the lineup with 18 points that included 5 3's and 10 assists.
Josh Smith , doing most of the scoring for the 7 man Primetime roster, had a game high 48 points.
In the Hoffman Ford Celebrity Game, contested at halftime, the Harrisburg Police and Firemen beat the Celebrity team 23-19.
Horizon Defeat Bayraiders
In his Horizon debut, 6'9'' C. Pat Grubbs (Pitt- Johnstown) had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead Harrisburg to an overpowering 153-100 victory over the Maryland Bayraiders. Three other Horizon players cracked the 20 mark; Jerren Harris 27, Akeem Washington 22 and Anthony Trautman 20.
Also scoring double-doubles for the victors were Cory Boone with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Trey Sharpe with 14 points and 15 assists.
Dershaun Johnson had a game high 31 for the losers, followed by Darnell Sneed's 29.
Harrisburg evens their record at 1-1 heading into next Sunday's home game against the N.Y. Primetime.
Horizon Lose Season Opener On The Road
Despite a 20 point, career high performance from guard Anthony Trautman, the Horizon were unable to hold off the team balance and physical strength of the Westchester Dutchmen and went down to defeat 113-95.
Center Joe Dorsett (7'1'' 290lb) dominated the boards on both ends of the court and added a game high 21 points.
Harrisburg nosed ahead briefly mid-way through the first period but after that it was all Dutchmen who were playing their first game in the EBA.
Dom Asbury had 17 points, followed by Demond Vance’s 16. Cory Boone was held to 10 points as he tried valiantly to battle the "Man-Giant" Dorsett throughout the game.
Charles Parker - Pro In Denmark
Former Harrisburg Horizon player Charlie Parker landed a professional position on the Bakken Bears in December 2012.
The Bakken Bears is a Danish professional basketball club based in Aarhus, Denmark. It was founded in 1962, and has won the Danish League championship eight times.
Joyner To Coach Horizon
Harrisburg Horizon welcomes Dan Joyner to the team as head coach for the 2013 season. Joyner will be making his coaching debut after playing the last four years for the Horizon. A torn ACL suffered in the final game of 2012 forced Dan to the sidelines.
Joyner's college career was at Millersville University. The Horizon expect him to bring his athletic and scrappy style of play, demonstrated over four years as the Horizon's sixth man, to the team as he takes the reins from Gordy Bryan.
Joyner will be assisted by Greg Habecker, a long time associate from his Millersville playing days.
Horizon will play January through March in the EBA. Schedule will be announced shortly.
Final Harrisburg Horizon Tryout For 2013 Season
Harrisburg Horizon will hold the final tryout on Sunday, December 9 from 2pm to 4pm.
The tryouts will be held at the Advanced Training Center, 6003 Jonestown Road in Harrisburg Pa.
A $75.00 (cash only) registration fee is due at the door.
Horizon Season Ends With Tough Loss
Mr. Inside, Cody Boone, and Mr. Outside, Trey Sharpe, put the Horizon on their backs and, with help from their friends, tried to pull-off a win from a very talented Washington Madness team. Their all-out efforts came up short, however, as the Madness now moves on to the EBA Final Four with a 121 to 115 victory.
Boone recorded his second straight triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks. Sharpe kept the Horizon in the game - even leading 35 to 34 after one – with pin-point outside shooting for a team-high 25 points.
Nevertheless, in the end, the Horizon, playing with only seven players, couldn't shut down the 6'4" bomber from St. Bonaventure, Chris Matthews, who recorded a game-high 34 points.
Horizon Open Playoffs In Washington
Horizon will open the playoffs on the road Sunday April 15th against the Washington Madness. The Madness finished the season with a 6 – 6 record, nudging out the Horizon (5 – 5) for the 4th seed.
Horizon last played the Washington Madness on March 10th when they lost a shoot-out 130 to 127. The winner of this Sunday's game will move onto the semi-finals on April 21st in Corona, NY against the #1 seed Hudson Valley Hype.
The New York Wizards and the NoVa Hawks will play on Saturday, April 14th with the winner getting into the semis against the Metropolitan All-Stars.
Boone's Triple-double Leads To Horizon Impressive Win
EBA basketball at its finest was on display as the Harrisburg Horizon hosted the Metropolitan All-Stars in a Sunday afternoon game. All-Stars started firing from the tip-off and lead 29 to 18 after the first quarter. Harrisburg gradually chipped away at that lead and with a balanced scoring attack from Asbury, Sharpe, Wyley and Boone, overcame the 11-point deficit and eventually lead at half-time 46 to 44.
Throughout the second half, the teams traded baskets and remained within four points of each other the rest of the game. Elyon Bush had 14 of his game-high 35 points during the third quarter and Eric Poole added 11 of his 19 to keep pace with the Horizon, which had eight players contribute points to their third quarter total.
With the game tied at 88 at the two-minute mark, Metro went on a scoring spurt led by Bush and Cedric Steward to pull ahead 93 to 89. At 1:10 mark, Trey Sharpe went down court and canned a three-pointer to draw Harrisburg within one. Then, with only 50 seconds left, Harrisburg's Cody Boone slammed down a lay-up to put the Horizon ahead 94 to 93. Seth Leonard finished off the scoring with a break-away layup from a Boone block for the final 96 to 93 score.
Elyon Bush played a stellar game for the All-Stars with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 3 steals. Cody Boone was the big man in the center for the Horizon with a triple-double – 21 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks.
Horizon Post Impressive Win
Playing at full roster strongly proved to be the winning formula for the Horizon Sunday afternoon as they defeated EBA Northern Division powerhouse New York Wizards 95 to 85.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout the first half and went into the lock room tied at 49 all. The Horizon moved ahead by 8 in the third quarter and held a 15-point advantage midway through the 4th quarter when the Wizards started a "mini run" to cut the lead to 6 with under two minutes remaining.
At that point, 6' 10" center, Cody Boone saved his best for last. He drifted out from his usual post position and floated into the left-hand corner. With the shot clock running down and the Wizards draped over him, Boone faded back and rifled a three-pointer through the net to seal victory for the Horizon.
Trey Sharpe was high-scorer for the game with 25 points. Cody Boone had 14 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks, and a steal in a game MVP role.
Aubin Scott had 22 points for the Wizards.
Horizon Win Streak Ends
Playing without their two big men – Cody Boone (6' 10" center) and Jeff McNeill (6' 6" forward) - proved to be more than the Horizon could handle as they went down in defeat at the hands of the ever-charging Washington Madness 130 to 127.
On good teamwork and sharp-shooting, Horizon led 73 to 58 at halftime. But the Madness came out of the locker room with fire in their eyes and outscored the visitors 45 to 28 in the third quarter to take a 103 to 100 lead into the last.
The game seesawed back and forth in the fourth quarter but in the end turnovers proved to be the Horizon's downfall.
Trey Sharpe had a game-high 28 points followed by Rob Wiley's 16.
Horizon Move Into Tie For 2nd Place
With a 117-104 road win over the Nova Hawks Sunday night in Chantilly VA, the Horizon recorded their third straight win and moved into a tie for second place with the Washington Madness who they play this coming Saturday.
Trey Sharpe led all scorers with 28 points. Four other Horizon hit double figures - Dom Asbury (23), Seth Leonard (19), newly signed forward Rob Wiley (16) and Cody Boone, who had 14 points and 15 rebounds, totally dominating the boards throughout the game.
Horizon Post 2nd Win
Harrisburg Horizon used a balanced scoring attack to post their second straight win, a 103 to 89 victory over the Winchester Storm.
Horizon had five players in double figures led by Cody Boone’s 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks. He was joined by Dom Asbury (18), Jeff McNeill (17), Justin Simmons (16), and Trey Sharpe (12).
Horizon held the lead at halftime 53 to 39 but mid-way through the third, the Storm came charging back to get within three. That was the closest the came as the indise men of the Horizon took charge and posted the 13-point win.
Horizon go on the road for the next two weeks to take on the NoVa Hawks, Sunday night (3/4) in Chantilly, VA and then the Washington Madness on Saturday (3/10) before returning home to play the New York Wizards on Sunday, March 18.
Horizon Record First Win
Solid guard play, led by Trey Sharpe’s 35 points, allowed the Horizon to break through for their first win of the season, 112 to 104 over the Washington Madness.
The return of Jamal Palmer (former Horizon player and coach) added the floor leadership that the Horizon had been lacking. Clicking on all cylinders, the Horizon rebounded from a 57 to 52 halftime deficit, playing a close third quarter and then exploding in the fourth to outscore the Madness 35 to 18 to claim the 8-point victory.
The Horizon went ahead at 103 to 102 with three minutes left in the 4th. They never looked back. Dom Asbury contributed 11 of his 20 points and Justin Simmons made 8 straight from the foul line in the final quarter.
Horizon Remain Winless
For 24 minutes last Saturday in Winchester, the Horizon looked like they might pull off their first win of the season. They led 58 to 33 at halftime behind the hot shooting of center Jeffrey McNeill, who had 16 of his game total 20 points by that point.
Then fortunes switched and the Storm started their comeback. Horizon still led after three but the margin was only 4 (72-68). The game see-sawed back and forth in the final period, ending with the score tied 94-94 at the buzzer.
The Horizon, playing with only seven players, found themselves behind the “8-ball” when Justin Simmons and Seth Leonard both fouled-out. At times, with Daniel Joyner cramping, they even had to play with only four men. The end result was the Storm’s prevailing 109 to 104 giving the Horizon their fourth loss.
After a quick turn-around, the Horizon took the floor Sunday afternoon against the 4-1 division leaders, Hudson Valley Hype. Former Horizon player Trey Sharpe and 6’ 10” Cody Boone were added to the line-up and once again the Horizon showed early life. They led 51 to 47 at halftime but once again went flat in the 3rd quarter. They were out-scored 34 to 20 carrying-out a 103 to 92 defeat for the Horizon.
Horizon Bolster Line-up For Sunday’s Game
Horizon have added 6’10 center from Seton Hall Cody Boone and former players Jamal Palmer – 6’8 forward/center from Millersville – and Trey Sharpe – 6’2 guard from Pitt-Johnstown – to their lineup for Sunday’s game against division-leading Hudson Valley Hype.
Game time is 2PM at Manny Weaver Gym, 1842 Derry Street. Tickets are available at the door ($8 for adults, $4 for seniors and youth).
Horizon Suffer 2nd Loss
The NoVa Hawks (1-2) came to town and pinned a second loss on the Horizon (0-2) 106- 100. The experience of the NoVa Hawks was evident from the start as they dominated a young but competitive Harrisburg squad.
Down 46-40 at halftime, the Horizon team fought to no avail to climb out of the hole. Joe Kennerly had 33 points to lead all scorers. He was backed-up by Angelo Hernandez with 23 and Ed Jones with 19.
Dom Asbury, for the second week in a row, was high scorer for the Horizon with 22 points. Seth Leonard had 11 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter as the home team mounted a short-lived comeback.
Horizon are off next weekend and then go back into action Saturday, February 11 at Winchester, VA followed by a 2:00PM Sunday home game against the Hudson Valley Hype on February 12.
Horizon Set For Home Opener
The Harrisburg Horizon will open its 15th anniversary home season Sunday, January 29th at 2:00PM against the Washington, DC area NoVa Hawks.
Horizon games are played at Manny Weaver Gym, 1842 Derry Street in Harrisburg. Tickets - $8 for adults and $4 for youth and seniors - are available at the gate.
The Horizon has a new-look lineup this season which will feature Lebanon’s sharp-shooting guard Anthony Trautman (Lebanon Valley College) and Messiah College’s Tyler Ritzman.
Horizon lost its opener last weekend in Washington 102-87 to the defending EBA Champion Metropolitan All-Stars.
Horizon Open Season With Road Loss
Opening day is never easy and that’s especially true when you’re matched against the defending league champions and perennial powerhouse Metropolitan All-Stars.
Giving away a lot of height and playing experience, the Horizon went into a deep hole early and, although they fought back gamely, were never able to recover and went down 102-87. Holding the high-flying Metro team to only 102 points was in itself a major accomplishment and speaks well for the future success of the Horizon team.
Dom Asbury, 6’ 2” gurard from Cheney, lead the revamped Horizon line-up with 18 points. He was followed by Jeff McNeill (12) Cabrini, Justin Simmons (11) Mansfield, Diloo Brown (11) SUNYIT, and Anthony Trautman (8) Lebanon Valley.
Metro’s scoring was led by EBA All-Star center Calvin Brown with 24 points and 9 rebounds.
Harrisburg Horizon hosted Upward Sports boys and girls Sunday, March 17th for a clinic and a pizza party before the Horizon games.
Harrisburg Horizon hosted the 13th Annual Sertoma Fantasy Basketball Clinic for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing boys and girls Sunday, March 10th 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 FordLand 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 24th.