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Harlem Invades Prince George: The Harlem Globetrotters Put on a Show at the Charles Jago Sports Center

Harlem Invades Prince George: The Harlem Globetrotters Put on a Show at the Charles Jago Sports Center

By Smoke Stark

The Harlem Globetrotters came to Prince George and put on a show that fans who were in attendance will not soon forget. Lead by six foot, seven inch Hi-Lite, the Globetrotters entertained their fans with funny hijinks and some gravity defying dunks that capture the imagination of young and old alike. From the first jump ball to the final horn, the Harlem Globetrotters battled the World All-Stars” back and forth. The first quarter was quite a spectacle as the fans voted that the first special rule of the game was the “Four-Point Shot,” which was a circle from five feet beyond the arc in which would net the offensive team four points if made. The globetrotters were struggling early on in the game to make the shots from long-range as the World All-Stars took a commanding lead. The All-Stars were looking so good early on that observant fans could see that even the players on the court were baffled by the amazing play of the Globetrotters’ opponents. Things started to turn around in the second quarter as the most famous team in the world clawed their way back from a large deficit thanks in part to a new fan rule called “the trick shot challenge.” At any point in the quarter, either coach could throw up a flag and have a player from the opposing team try and make a seemingly impossible shot. The All-Stars coach challenged Dizzy to make a basket with his head. Dizzy faced the basket with the determination of a raging bull and made the basket with ease. The Globetrotters got a valuable five points and were only down a couple of points heading to the half. The third quarter saw the best of the Globetrotters’ shooting as they were trading long-range bombs with the All-Stars. The roof of the Charles Jago Sports Center was shaking as the roar from the crowd got louder and louder with every bomb and trick that was thrown down by the team from New York. The fans played an integral part as the fourth quarter was upon the basketball stars. The game was tight as people thought they might witness the defeat of the iconic stars and stripes team. Then, the show hits its crescendo. A trick shot challenge was again issued by the coach of the World All-Stars, “I want one of your players to score a basket with their FEET” roared the coach. Cue the man known only as “Flip.” Flip put the basketball between his large sneakers and flipped upside down on the rim so his feet performed the greatest slam dunk of the night. The fans were off their seats and chanting for the Globetrotters to finish off their opponents. The rest of the night was like watching a wizard conjuring spells from his wand. The magic rained on the basketball court as the Globetrotters finished off the World All-Stars with shots and dunks rarely seen even in the NBA. Prince George was treated to a spectacle like no other as the greatest wonder of the basketball world, the Harlem Globetrotters, gave the audience a night to remember. For a more detailed article regarding the Globetrotters’ visit, check out overtheedgenewspaper.ca