WEBXTRA: Angelina College gets bye in 1st round of Region 14 basketball tournament

WEBXTRA: Angelina College gets bye in 1st round of Region 14 basketball tournament
Nick Wade, the head coach of the Angelina College Roadrunners, speaks to East Texas news about his team's upcoming game in the Region 14 tournament. (Source: KTRE Staff)

SHREVEPORT, LA. TX (KTRE) - Because they are the No. 2 seed in the south zone, the Angelina College Roadrunners earned a first-round bye in NJCAA’s Region 14 basketball tournament.

The tournament, which starts today, will be played at Centenary College’s Gold Dome. Angelina College will face Panola College which knocked off Coastal Bend in the first round. The ‘Runners lost an 83-81 heartbreaker to the Ponies on Jan. 9 in the two teams’ lone meeting of the year. A Thursday win will place the Roadrunners in the men’s semifinals at 6 p.m.

Coming into the season, polls predicted Angelina College would finish near the bottom of Region 14 because this is Nick Wade’s first season as head coach and because the team has a large number of freshman players.

Wade and his team proved the predictions wrong.

“We went through bad times and losing streaks, but these guys came to work every day,” Wade said.

Many East Texas junior or community college teams will have men’s or women’s teams playing in the NJCAA basketball tournament.

For the full tournament schedule, click this link.

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