Harlem Globetrotters wow Prescott Valley
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Before Sunday's Harlem Globetrotters game, several children dribbled basketballs along the court's edge at Tim's Toyota Center.
The crowd was roughly 2,200, about 200 more than were there for last year's show.
First the International Elite came out. They're one of the two new jersey incarnations of the famed and defamed Washington Generals.
Then, in a puff a smoke, the Harlem Globetrotters entered. Not every team enjoys spotlights, a personal announcer and their own mics on the court, but the Globetrotters do.
Players spun the ball on outstretched fingers, they dunked, they drained three- and, yes, really, four-point shots and brought the crowd in on the action.
There were cheers, high-fives, dance routines and waves amid a sea of comedic timeouts and game stoppage for a piggyback dunk, a balloon "air ball" and other jokes amid the razzle-dazzle.
"He gets two shots? I only fouled him once," japed the Globetrotters main man, Kris "Hi-lite" Bruton.
They had the crowd on their side, counting down the final seconds in another Globetrotter addition to the game: the penalty box and basketball equivalent of hockey's power play.
The Globetrotters were down 51-38 at the half, though, and in danger of losing their 40-year winning streak as well as the current "World Championship."
What's a team to do? As the young and young at heart amped up their cheers, the Globetrotters amped up their antics.
A purse from a women in the audience, a child from the audience - these were only two weapons in their comedic basketball arsenal.
And the Globetrotters won 101-88, after which players were instantly at the sidelines signing autographs and posing with for pictures with fans.
After Sunday's Harlem Globetrotters game, several children dribbled basketballs along the court's edge at Tim's Toyota Center. And they also spun, rolled and flipped the ball, too. And so did some of their parents.