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'Trotters are so good, they score a touchdown (photos)

It was a spirited showcase of zany antics, slam dunks and high stakes at the Essar Centre last night as the Washington Generals attempted to break their 38-year losing streak against the infamous Harlem Globetrotters.
It was a spirited showcase of zany antics, slam dunks and high stakes at the Essar Centre last night as the Washington Generals attempted to break their 38-year losing streak against the infamous Harlem Globetrotters.

If the Globetrotters lost, the team's beloved outspoken showman Special K Daley agreed to join the Washington Generals as their "go to" guy.

But, if the Globetrotters maintained their winning streak, the Generals' coach would be forced to either dress as a hotdog or prance around in a tutu.

The 2,300 Sault basketball fans in attendance got to decide on their costume of choice via text message.

The underhanded Washington Generals tried everything, including switching the game ball for a remote controlled one, placing plexiglas over the basket, and messing with the score board, to gain an edge on their arch rivals.

Despite all this trickery, the Globetrotters' light-speed passing, jaw-dropping dunks and evasive dribbling skills proved too much for the Generals.

The 'Trotters even scored a touchdown.

Time ran out with the Globetrotters victorious with a score of 76 to 72.

For nine-year-old MacKenzie Naslovar, this showdown was exceptionally exciting.

Not only was this her first Harlem Globetrotters game, it was her very first basketball game.

Ever.

As the winner of an online contest, MacKenzie was awarded four VIP tickets to the game and an invite to a private meet-and-greet prior to tip-off.

Another contest winner, 12-year-old Camille Ciccone-Desumma, was chosen as the team's Junior Trotter.

She got to sit on the Harlem Globetrotters' bench for the entire game and was invited to hang with the team at half-time.

Following the game, the Globetrotters made themselves available, eager to meet fans and sign autographs.

All-in-all, the evening was win-win for everyone there.

Except the Washington Generals, of course.




Donna Hopper

About the Author: Donna Hopper

Donna Hopper has been a photojournalist with SooToday since 2007, and her passion for music motivates her to focus on area arts, entertainment and community events.
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