Philadelphia hosts Saturday shootout
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 AM
The Philadelphia Tornadoes closed out the 2012 portion of their prep basketball schedule with a 48-43 win over Noxapater.
Now the Tornadoes hope to continue their momentum as they play three games this week.
Philadelphia was to play at Kosciusko on Tuesday and at Region 5-3A rival Heidelberg on Friday. They then host the Philadelphia Shootout on Saturday.
The bracket for the Philadelphia Shootout has been rearranged to help St. Andrews with a schedule problem. Neshoba Central, which was to play Kemper County in the afternoon games, will instead play McClain in the morning games. St. Andrews has been moved to the afternoon games to play Kemper County. The schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. - Neshoba Central girls vs. McClain
11:30 a.m. - Neshoba Central boys vs. McClain
1 p.m. - St. Andrews girls vs. Kemper County
2:30 p.m. - St. Andrews boys vs. Kemper County
4 p.m. - Ridgeland girls vs. Noxubee County
5:30 p.m. - Ridgeland girls vs. Noxubee County
7 p.m. - Philadelphia girls vs. Leake County
8:30 p.m. - Philadelphia boys vs. Leake County
The Tornadoes enter the new year with a 5-12 record.
"It takes a little while for your football guys to switch from one sport to another," Philadelphia coach Jason Broome said. "The win over Noxapater was a good one. Earlier in the year, they had beaten us. For us to come back and beat them shows we are making progress.
"We have been playing hard all year. This is the time of the year when we need to be playing at our best.
"We are heading into our region schedule and these are the games that count."
Leading 15-13 at the end of the first half, Philadelphia outscored the Tigers 12-8 and posted a 27-21 halftime lead. The teams played an even second half with Philadelphia holding on for the win.
Sherman Bufkin led the Tornadoes with 12 points while Romon Gray added 11 and Josh Fulton scored 10.
The Philadelphia girls enter 2013 with a 7-10 record. They dropped a 31-28 decision to Noxapater.