February 23, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Tell me if you’ve seen this one before. The Harlem Globetrotters, trailing late in a game, work a miraculous comeback and hit a dunk at the buzzer to win the game. Such was the case Thursday night at Save on Foods Memorial Centre when the Globetrotters worked their entertaining brand of magic to defeat the World All-Stars 67-65 in front of approximately 5,000 smiling fans.
Not that the score mattered of course. The Globetrotters are all about family entertainment and comedy, centred around a little bit of basketball – most of which showcases the Globetrotters insane ball handling skills, lengthy three and four point shots and of course, thunderous dunks.
On the entertainment side, the Globetrotters were up to their familiar tricks, stealing a woman’s purse and then making her come out on the court to dance to get it back, throwing cups of water and then a full bucket of confetti on terrified fans, doing their rewind and then slo-motion replay antic, and playing games with the referees, but they also introduced some new wrinkles, including having every kid in the arena come on the court and do the “YMCA” dance, holding up a small child and worshiping him like Raffiki did with Simba in the “Lion King” and stealing a somewhat terrified kid away from his parents and then playfully chasing him across the court pretending they were going to throw another bucket of water on him.
It was all in great fun of course and the opponents, in this case the World All-Stars and their secret weapon, the 7’0 “Cager”, could not pull out the win, not surprising since the Globetrotters have only lost five times since 1952 (not counting their 13-9 record in some competitive games against NCAA Division 1 teams between 2000-2003).
ISN’s Christian J. Stewart was on hand for all the fun and here are more of his images to tell the rest of the story. Enjoy!