[Photo Story] Harlem Globetrotters Bring Hoops & Humor To Happy Valley

On Tuesday, the Bryce Jordan Center hosted a different kind of basketball by bringing in the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters. Playing against its longtime rivals, the Washington Generals, the team secured a 107-87 victory but also captured the amusement and laughter of all those in attendance.

Following a two-year hiatus since the Globetrotters’ last BJC appearance, we set out to capture the show.

Just two days after a night of action-packed basketball, the vacant arena began to fill once again in anticipation of a memorable show.

After 30 long minutes of arduous anticipation, the fans finally got a glimpse of the talented players they awaited. Both the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals began warmups in preparation for the entertaining matchup to follow.

You can’t have a Harlem Globetrotters’ game without a grand entrance! Both teams entered the arena in style.

Can you hear the whistling? We sure could as the Globetrotters rounded off their pregame routine with a few impressive tricks and the introduction of their beloved mascot, Globie.

Now, to the game!

Game Highlights

Four Points In One Possession?

If you’ve been to a Globetrotters’ game before, you probably know about the notorious four-point line. If you haven’t, it is simply a line about 6 feet farther away than the three-point line, awarding four points if the basket is made. On Tuesday, this line was the star of the show. Harlem Globetrotter Torch George hit four four-point shots in four consecutive possessions!

Dunks, Dunks, & More Dunks!

How can you have a Globetrotters’ game without some spectacular dunks? This game sure didn’t miss a beat in the dunk department.

Grandma Ma!

Aside from the players, the Globetrotters have an additional star performer, comedian, and, apparently, player: Grandma Ma. Granny’s a hooper!

Tribute To Equality

Indeed, a Globetrotters game is not a serious one. There really isn’t anything serious about the show other than their serious skills. However, the team opted to take a quick break from the show’s lighthearted nature when making a tribute to racial equality at the end of the third quarter.

Fan Interaction

What’s the main ingredient in a successful Globetrotter performance? The answer is constant interaction with fans. Whether it was asking the crowd to move in slow-motion, having fans do the wave, or even inviting a lucky fan onto the court, the Globetrotters showed us why they have been around for just under a century and remained popular.

We think it’s safe to say that on Tuesday night, the Globetrotters helped to make Happy Valley even happier.

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About the Author

Jake Musmanno

Jake Musmanno is a first-year marketing student at Penn State. In addition to being an Onward State photographer, Jake is an out-of-state student from the neighboring state of New Jersey where he loves to play soccer with friends, go on late-night Wawa runs, watch the sunrise, and surf. While he has been a hard-core Penn State football fan for most of his life, his favorite sports team is Arsenal FC: a team whose games he never misses. Follow Jake on Instagram @jakemus_photos to keep up with his photgraphy work.

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