Ballingall, Titans cruise to victories

For a guy with five football scholarship offers sitting on the table, Adam Ballingall sure plays basketball with reckless abandon.

Ballingall helped the South Kamloops Titans senior boys basketball team to a pair of weekend league victories. He had 12 points and seven rebounds as the host Titans beat the Kelowna-Rutland Voodoos 80-58 on Saturday, a day after the Titans edged the visiting Kelowna-Mount Boucherie Bears, 96-82.

And while his numbers aren't as gaudy as some of his teammates - Josh Wolfram had 63 points in the two victories - Ballingall's style of play sure makes for an exciting game.

Despite his 6-foot-2 size, Ballingall is all over the court, fighting for a rebound under the basket one minute, lunging for a steal at the top of the key the next, and causing general mayhem any chance he gets.

"I'm kind of used to that - I play football and rugby," said Ballingall. "This is how I've always been - I play at high intensity, that's just who I am."

As hard as he works on the basketball floor, football is Ballingall's first sport. He was a provincial all-star in the fall, and has received interest from schools in Canada and the U.S. Ballingall started at quarterback and safety for the Titans, but a few teams are looking at him as a receiver or a special teams player.

"One down in the States, (University of Nevada-Las Vegas), they're Division 1," he said. "They haven't made any offers yet. I've had scholarship offers from Simon Fraser, UBC, McGill, Queen's and the University of Calgary."

His solid effort was just one of a number of decent weekends for the Titans, who improved to 5-1 in Okanagan AAA play.

South Kam jumped out to a 25-8 lead in the first quarter Saturday, and was never really pushed the rest of the way. Wolfram had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and David Wagner ended with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

"We jumped out to a nice lead and we were playing very well," said South Kam head coach Del Komarniski. "I think our intensity sagged a little bit . . . but we got it back."

Saturday's game wasn't pretty, but Friday's was a beauty. Wolfram poured in 39 points for the Titans, and Wagner scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.

"It was a good game between two good teams," Komarniski said. "The Okanagan is strong this year - Boucherie is good, Kelowna (the Owls) is good, and Kelowna Christian (the Knights) is good."

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The Titans girls also were victorious Saturday, beating Rutland 74-40 to improve to 3-3.

Vanessa White scored 12 points in the victory, Tessa Bantock scored 11 and Ashley White added 10.

On Friday, the Titans beat the visiting Bears, 61-54. Elsa Langill scored 16 points for South Kam, Vanessa White contributed 12, and Katie Hubbard scored 11.

mhunter@kamloopsnews.ca

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