November is here...and so is basketball season.

The Angelina College Roadrunners will tip off their season tonight (November 1st) at Shands Gym against Victoria College.  It will be Coach Nick Wade's first regular season game at the helm for the 'Runners, and his philosophy of all-out all the time will be something to behold.

According to a press release from the AC, you will definitely notice the non-stop rotation of players in and out of the lineup. The strategy is by design: First-year head coach Nick Wade wants his players going pedal-to-the-metal for however long they’re in the game.It’s what Wade began preaching from his initial press conference: All-out effort the entire time a player is on the floor.

“At this level, this isn’t the program or the team to show up and say you just played some minutes,” Wade said earlier. “I’ve told them their job is to sell out the second they hit the floor, and when they’re tired they can ask out and when they’re ready, they can go back in.

“But if they’re not playing as hard as they can, they won’t go back out. They know that, and they expect it of their teammates. We’re already seeing players calling each other out for not going all-out in practice.”

“I’ve already told our guys, if we’re worrying about other teams and what they’re doing, we’re setting ourselves up for failure,” Wade said. “We focus every day on being the best version of us. If we’re doing everything to our maximum abilities, we can be satisfied with whatever the outcome, but I really believe in my heart that if this early effort continues, we’re going to be in good shape for conference play.”

The Roadrunners and Pirates will tip off at 7 p.m. at Shands Gymnasium. As part of a Holiday Food Drive, the ‘Runners are asking fans to bring non-perishable food items, such as canned or boxed goods, in lieu of admission charges. Those items then will be distributed to area families in time to ensure they have a Thanksgiving meal.

The drive is one of several community service-driven events the Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners will hold throughout the season.

Viewers can catch the game via live streaming by visiting the Angelina College Athletics web site at angelina.prestosports.com and clicking on the “Video” link.