Globetrotters entertain packed house

Fans of all ages were treated to an entertaining performance by the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters here Tuesday night.

In front of a sell-out crowd of nearly 2,000 people at Hodges Fieldhouse, the red, white and blue put on a show with acrobatic alley-oop dunks, long-distance shots, unique ball-handling skills and a mixture of comedy, theatrics and stunts.

“We’re all about smiles and bringing a lot of families closer together,” said first-year Globetrotter Tammy “T-Time” Brawner, who is just the 10th female player in franchise history. “It’s even more of an honor to be an inspiration to the young women who come to the games.

“I’m truly honored to be in the history books of the Globetrotters.”

For the first time, fans were allowed to vote online for the rules of the game. Among the possibilities were 4-point shots, double points and two basketballs at the same time.

“I thought it was pretty cool,” said 12-year old Brady Fors of Fort Dodge. “I liked how (the Globetrotters) did things that you don’t normally see.”

Several other pre-game activities also took place during the evening, including musical chairs, dancing and races. Veteran Globetrotter Kevin “Special K” Daley served as the unoffical Master of Ceremonies.

“My favorite part was when (Herbert “Flight Time” Lang) jumped on top of the hoop,” said 13-year old Noah Buscher from Livermore.

Isaac Landwehr, 9, of Fort Dodge, echoed similar thoughts.

“I liked when the players started yelling at the refs,” Landwehr said.

Despite trailing by eight points with around two minutes left, the Globetrotters rallied for a 92-88 victory over Global Select in the world championship game.

“It was more fun than what I was expecting,” said Cassandra Sweeney of Fort Dodge. “It was amazing.”

Since 1926, the legendary Globetrotters have played more than 20,000 exhibition games in 122 countries. As part of the four-city Iowa tour, which also included visits to Sioux City, Des Moines and Cedar Falls, Governor Terry Branstad declared this past Sunday Harlem Globetrotters day across the state.

As for Brawner, the former Dominican University of California standout point guard is thoroughly enjoying her time with the Globetrotters.

“I love what I do,” Brawner said. “This (Iowa tour) was my first time here, but I’ve really had a lot of fun.”

Rounding out the Globetrotter roster Tuesday were B-Nice Narcisse, Firefly Fisher, Jet Williams, Too Tall Hall and Hammer Harrison.

After the game, the festivities wrapped up with an exclusive autograph and photo session.