Globetrotters Keep Win Streak Alive Against Hapless Generals

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

February 10, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Harlem Globetrotters brought their family-fun basketball entertainment to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria Tuesday evening and the crowd of approximately 3,000 plus did not go home disappointed, as in addition to their usual antics, the Globetrotters pulled out an exciting 87-85 sudden-death overtime win over the Washington Generals.

Harlem’s Smooth Staples (21) goes up for one of his many acrobatic dunks during the night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The result of the game should not be surprising to regular fans of the Globetrotters, as the Generals have been the regular “foils” of the Globetrotters since this author saw them play in Chicago many, many years ago. Although the Generals did in fact defeat the Globetrotters back in 1971 or so, they have not been so lucky since and the Globetrotters always seem to find a way to win, whether through their legitimate skill, some on-court antics, or some combination of both.

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Young fan Ethan Gunning (right) get tips on how to spin a ball on your finger from Firefly Fisher (left) in a pre-game fan meet and greet (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Such was the case Tuesday as the Generals built up a big lead, only to see the Globetrotters tie it up late in the second quarter at 44-44 and then battle to a 54-54 tie at half-time. After an entertaining second-half ended in an 85-85 tie, the Globetrotters pulled out the 87-85 win with a thundering, sudden-death dunk from “Bull” Bullard.

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Globertrotter’s mascot Globie and some young fans play a pre-game game of musical chairs (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The game of course is secondary and fans were treated to the usual array of Globetrotter basketball and ball handling skills, the old “stolen purse” and water bucket gags, as well as many other entertaining and humorous antics that fans have come to expect over the years.

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The Globetrotters open the shw by performing their classic ball-handling circle to the tune of Sweet Georgia Brown (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

But enough chatter. Here are a number of photos from the entertaining night that perhaps better sum up what the evening was all about.

And to see more images from Tuesday night’s game from ISN photographer Christian J. Stewart, please visit 

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Jet Williams soars for an early dunk (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Dizzy English drives the baseline after leaving a poor Washington General in his dust (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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There were thundering dunks a’plenty on Tuesday as Thunder Law (34)(top left), Smooth Staples (21) (top right) and Jet Williams (32)(bottom), all throw down (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Smooth Staples soars again (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Smooth Staples executes a reverse 360 with the utmost of grace (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Mascot Globie gets photo bombed by Thunder Law (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Thunder Law creates some thunder of his own with this third quarter slam (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Firefly Fisher plays keep away from a frustrated Generals defender (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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The Globetrotters appeal to fans both young and old. Here a young infant is enthralled with Thunder Law (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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As Firefly Fisher (3) begins the celebration in the background, Bull Bullard (33) goes up for what would be the winning basket in sudden death overtime (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)