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The outcome was in doubt until the last second, the final shot, but long before the buzzer sounded the Harlem Globetrotters won the hearts of hundreds in attendance at the Great Plains Coliseum Monday night. The 'Trotters are in the midst of their 90th Anniversary World Tour, and the crowd in Lawton Monday was primed and ready to welcome them to Oklahoma.

Featuring stars like "Thunder" Law, "Ace" Jackson and the current "Crown Prince of Basketball" "Hi-Lite" Bruton, the Globe Trotters were pitted against their "arch rivals" the World All-Stars (W*A*S*). The two teams "fought" tooth and nail all night long, with the All-Stars taking leads after the first three quarters. The Globetrotters seemed on the verge of an historic loss, as three 'Trotters, including point guard "Ace" Jackson, the 13th female player in the historic team's history, were ejected and a fourth, "Hi-Lite" Bruton was taken off the court with an injury.

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World All-Star coach Ammer Johnson found a clause in the "rule book" which stated if the Globetrotters could not field a full team of 5 players, they must forfeit the game. But as the W*A*S began to leave the court victorious, Hi-Lite came out from the locker room to not only return to the court, but he helped to discover that the "rule book" Johnson had been quoting through out the second half was a sham!!! All the ejected players returned, but while the Trotters and their fans celebrated, Johnson underhandedly changed the score board, and suddenly the Heroes trailed by 7 points with less than a minute remaining.

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But the Globetrotters would not succumb to such underhanded tactics, scoring 8 points in the final 58 seconds, capped off by a monstrous dunk at the buzzer by "Hammer" Harrison to seal a 68-67 victory for the Globetrotters.

But the score did not matter. The numbers that mattered were the number of laughs that were provided, the number of smiles on kids' faces and the number of families that came away from the Great Plains Coliseum with a night they will never forget. Those numbers are not measurable, the same numbers the Globetrotters have been providing for ninety years. I am just happy to say my family is one of those that was in attendance.