China Update 2017


Update: The Senior Balloholic Men’s Team were officially invited to China in April to participate in tournament play this spring. While we have been waiting since November for this invite, changes in the administration of the CBA delayed the invite giving us only one month to prepare for a May 15th trip to China.

We have regretfully declined the invite as our number one priority during this time period is our youth program. We had hoped to travel in June or July to China. The  CBA was unwilling to make a change to their schedule.

We move onto looking for sponsors and partners willing to help support this senior team initiative as its clearly fills a need for young players in the PNW. We have barely scratched the surface of what’s possible for a senior team in this area but have already affected some young players positively.


Demitri Harris Moves On To The Next Level : NBL Canada

Demitri Harris is moving on to the NBL Canada and we’re happy to have been a part of his journey. We wish him the best in his career which now takes him to PEI Island Storm in Charlottetown.



A lengthy drive halfway across the country has paid huge dividends for Vancouver’s Demitri Harris. As a result, the 26-year-old, whose father Frank is Ojibwe, has been forced to change his nickname. People used to call him Semi Demi. That’s because the highest level he had played basketball at was in the semi-pro ranks. But now, they simply call him Demi. The shortened nickname was necessitated because Harris inked a deal this past week to play with the Charlottetown-based Island Storm.

Source: Semi Demi joins the pros – Windspeaker – AMMSA

Balloholics Looking For Players in 2017

UPDATE: The trip to Hawaii is cancelled due to the Hawaii team leaving the ABA to join a new league in Asia. We wish them the best in this new endeavor.  Balloholics are still working toward building programs and relations in China which will include the Senior Men’s Team and youth programs.

Senior Balloholics will be putting together team for overseas trip in the summer of 2017. The Balloholics have been busy reworking the senior model while we will not be hosting any games this season. There are very few teams in our region this season making games costly to host or travel to. The phone however never stops ringing with opportunities for the team or players calling wanting to join the program. The main focus this fall has been our youth program which continues to grow.

We are still looking for players to join the program this summer and working toward a model that will succeed in this region.

If you are interested in player development opportunities please contact us with your player background. Wayne Best or


Clay Crellin Moves On To The Next Level With FEU-NRMF In The Philippines

Well known for many years in the Vancouver area as one of the best senior players in BC. Clay Crellin who spent a few games with Balloholics in the shortened 2015/16 season gets his chance to live his dream in the Philippines playing professional basketball.

Senior Balloholics while still in its infancy gives players an opportunity to just keep their dream alive. Balloholics will not be hosting any games this season but making plans for the future. This season the Holics plan to travel to Washington , Hawaii and China this summer to play exhibitions.


FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation made it four wins in a row, taking down defending champion Macway Travel Club, 72-65, on Monday in the 2016 MBL Open at the Trinity University of Asia gym in Quezon City. Fil-Canadian Clay Crellin and veterans Egay Billones and Rene Boy Banzali provided the clutch baskets for FEU-NRMF. Crellin, a 6-foot-4 Fil-Canadian who played forward for the Vancouver Balloholics, scored 13 points highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter. Billones and Banzali added 10 points apiece. Cameroonian import Moustapha Arafat contributed eight points while holding his own against American reinforcement Mike Harry and former

Source: Clay Crellin, Egay Billones lift FEU-NRMF over Macway Travel in MBL Open | SPIN.PH




Balloholic Senior Mens Team is working at a change in the format from home and away schedule to international tournaments. While we had problems last season having now defunct ABA teams in the PNW show up to their games. Balloholics continue to work on trying to find a format to work in the region. Our youth program continues to reach new heights.

Several members of the senior team staff and players were in China this summer on different trips. A total of 7 team members were in various cities in China in July. We are now in a position to offer local players international experience to showcase their talent. We may have to widen our search for players qualified to play internationally.

Head Coach Dave was invited to Hangzhou to demonstrate and talk about the Balloholic Youth program. This has created new relationships in China with programs being discussed for our youth and senior team players both here and in China. Its very exciting and stay tuned for details when finalized.

There will be no tryout for the Senior Mens Team this fall. If you’re interested in playing internationally contact us at . We will be announcing shortly the plans for the 2016/17 season.