PHOENIX, Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Harlem Globetrotters continue to add hardware to the mantle with two more GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® records. Globetrotters' star Big Easy Lofton recently knocked down the farthest basketball hook shot – 61 feet 4 inches – while Buckets Blakes broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® mark for the most basketball underhanded half-court shots in one minute, dropping six.
"My signature move is the hook shot, so owning the world record for that is very special to me," said Big Easy, whose new record broke the old mark of 55 feet 9 inches by nearly six feet. "Fans can see that and many other amazing feats of basketball during our current tour of North America."
"I owned the underhanded half-court shot record once before, and it was broken, so I was determined to reclaim it," said Buckets, who broke the old record of five by one made shot. "The only way to beat the feeling of breaking a world record is doing it as a Harlem Globetrotter."
The two Globetrotters broke the records at US Airways Center in Phoenix, home of the Phoenix Suns. They join Globetrotters teammate Thunder Law, who holds two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record-titles: The longest basketball shot – 109 feet 9 inches – and most recently, the farthest basketball shot made backwards – 82 feet 2 inches – which Thunder set in celebration of the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day in November 2014.
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Tickets to see the Globetrotters on their 2015 "Washington Generals' Revenge" World Tour are on sale now at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, as the Globetrotters will play over 310 games in North America through May. The Globetrotters will be battling a Washington Generals squad more determined than ever to match the franchise's historic last victory over the Globetrotters in 1971. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.
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Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 89th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
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