Harlem Globetrotters Weave Their Basketball Magic in Victoria

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Jumpin Joe Ballard soars for a warm-up dunk prior to the start of Thursday's game with the World All-Stars (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

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.

Beast Douglas soars to the hoop during warm ups (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Beast Douglas soars to the hoop during warm ups (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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.

Harlem Globetrotter mascot Globie entertains the crowd (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Harlem Globetrotter mascot Globie entertains the crowd (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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.

Cheese Chisholm grimaces as he heads to the net under the arm of a World All Star defender (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cheese Chisholm grimaces as he heads to the net under the arm of a World All Star defender (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Jumpin Joe Ballard was the king of the dunks for the Globetrotters on Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Jumpin Joe Ballard was the king of the dunks for the Globetrotters on Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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).

The Globetrotter's Hi-Lite Bruton lectures a World All-Star player after a foul during first half action Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Globetrotter’s Hi-Lite Bruton lectures a World All-Star player after a foul during first half action Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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!

Jumpin Joe Ballard for yet another slam dunk (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Jumpin Joe Ballard for yet another slam dunk (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Beast Douglas soars to the hoop for a slam dunk early in Thursday's game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Beast Douglas soars to the hoop for a slam dunk early in Thursday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Mascot Globie and Swish Young mug for the camera during a time-out (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Mascot Globie and Swish Young mug for the camera during a time-out (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cheese Chisholm (right) throws a cup of water in the face of Hammer Harrison (left) during this antic in the second half of Thursday's game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cheese Chisholm (right) throws a cup of water in the face of Hammer Harrison (left) during this antic in the second half of Thursday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Globetrotter HotShot hurriedly escorts a young fan back to their seat after an on-court YMCA dance (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Globetrotter Hot Shot hurriedly escorts a young fan back to their seat after an on-court YMCA dance (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Swish Young and a group of young fans do the "YMCA" dance during a break in the action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Swish Young and a group of young fans do the “YMCA” dance during a break in the action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Turbo Taylor has his route to the basket impeded by a tackle from the World All-Star's evil "Cager" (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Turbo Taylor has his route to the basket impeded by a tackle from the World All-Star’s evil “Cager” (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Dragon Taylor gets ready for the slam during first half action Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Dragon Taylor gets ready for the slam during first half action Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Rocket Pennington dances on the rim during a time out Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Rocket Pennington dances on the rim during a time out Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
A young fan Nathan got to shoot a free throw and win a Globetrotter's jersey Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
A young fan “Nathan” got to shoot a free throw and win a Globetrotter’s jersey Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Globetrotter's Hot Shot tosses up a long hook shot during the first half (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Globetrotter’s Hot Shot tosses up a long hook shot during the first half (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Hammer Harrison tries to chase down a young fan with a bucket of "water" while Cheese Chisholm (background) encourages the fan to run through Harrison's legs. The young lad emerged unscathed (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Hammer Harrison tries to chase down a young fan with a bucket of “water” while Cheese Chisholm (background) encourages the fan to run through Harrison’s legs. The young lad emerged unscathed (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Swish Yound would dribble circles around the World All-Stars during a short sequence in the first half (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Swish Young would dribble circles around the World All-Stars during a short sequence in the first half (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Swish Young (left) and Beast Douglas (right) ham it up for the camera (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Swish Young (left) and Beast Douglas (right) ham it up for the camera (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Globetrotters Hot Shot get's a little help from his friends to make this dunk (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Globetrotters Hot Shot get’s a little help from his friends to make this dunk (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Jumpin Joe Ballard goes up for the game winning dunk over "Cager", the World All-Stars secret weapon (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Jumpin’ Joe Ballard goes up for the game winning dunk over “Cager”, the World All-Stars secret weapon (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

 

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