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Original Harlem Globetrotters here Monday

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The Original Harlem Globetrotters will bring their high-energy hoops antics to Jamestown on Monday for the first time since 2000.

Tickets for the show are $25.50 for upper level and $33.50 for lower level. A $17 Magic Pass can be added to the ticket. Globetrotters take the court at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jamestown Civic Center and Magic Pass holders can attend a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m.

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While former Globetrotter George “Meadowlark” Lemon and his Harlem All Stars made a tour stop in Jamestown last year, Jamestown Civic Center director Pamela Fosse said the Original Harlem Globetrotters are the official Harlem Globetrotters team.

“These are the Original Harlem Globetrotters,” Fosse said. “These are not affiliated at all with the Meadowlark Lemon charity Globetrotters (Harlem All Stars) that have been touring through Jamestown for the past couple years. … These are the original — I shouldn’t say ‘original’ — these are the actual Harlem Globetrotters; I don’t think the originals would still be there.”

The “original” Original Harlem Globetrotters were assembled by 24-year-old basketball coach Abe Saperstein in Chicago in 1926 under the name Savoy Big Five, named after Chicago’s Savoy Ballroom. The next year the Big Five changed their name to the Harlem New York Globetrotters, although the team would not play a “home” game in Harlem until 1968 and their second game in Harlem took place in 1987. The team first came to North Dakota in 1933 after it expanded its tour schedule to include the Dakotas, Montana and Idaho.

The team has had many legendary players over the years, including NBA greats Wilt Chamberlain and Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Boid Buie joined the team in 1946 and averaged 18 points a game despite not having a left arm. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was named an honorary Globetrotter in 1976.

Monday’s show is part of the Globetrotter’s “Fans Rule” world tour, and on the same night another Globetrotter squad will be playing a game in Birmingham, England. The “Fans Rule” concept allows fans to vote on the Globetrotters’ website, HarlemGlobetrotters.com, for one of five special rules that will be incorporated into a quarter of the game.

“Make or Miss” starts with two players from each team on the floor, and players need to score a basket to get another teammate on the floor.

“Hot Hand Jersey” will double the amount of points a player wearing the jersey scores. Each team will have a jersey that can be passed to different players.

“Trick Shot Challenge” will give each team an opportunity to take three difficult shots for five points each, but if it misses the other team gets five points.

“6 on 5” means five Globetrotters will play six opponents, and “Two-Ball Basketball” means there will be two balls in play during that quarter.

Sun reporter David Luessen can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at dluessen@jamestownsun.com

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