Harrisburg Horizon's Denzel Jackson 6'6'' (F) U. of MD Eastern Shore, latterly pulled down Player of the Month honors for February.
He set a new EBA record of 33 rebounds against the Philadelphia Knights on February 9th, as he led his team to a 125-99 victory. Denzel didn't only hull in rebounds, he contributed 29 points, 8 assists, 5 blocks, and 5 steals for easily the best all around performance thus far for the 2014 season.
Denzel followed this game with an equally impressive outing against the Metrowest Ballas (Boston). His 29 points led the Horizon to a 115-104 win .Continuing his all around solid play, he tacked on 18 rebounds, 3 assists 1 steal and 4 blocks.
Congrats to Denzel Jackson - EBA Player of the Month.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.