Philly savors sweep of CC
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 AM
Fresh off a sweep of Choctaw County, the Philadelphia basketball teams hope to continue their momentum in two Region 5-3A games this week.
The Tornadoes were to have played Raleigh on Tuesday. Because of the weather, it appears that game has been moved to Thursday. Then on Friday, the Tornadoes visit Choctaw Central.
The Philadelphia boys have been on the losing side of several two-point final scores this season. That includes a 64-62 loss to Southeast Lauderdale last Tuesday. So last week's 63-61 win at Choctaw County on Friday night felt good to Coach Jason Broom and his team.
"It was good to get a region victory," Broom said. "We have come so close. We had a lead in the fourth quarter but they hit a pair of three-point shots to get back in the game. They missed a shot at the end."
Philadelphia led 20-16 at the end of the first quarter. Choctaw County outscored the Tornadoes 18-15 in the second quarter and the Tornadoes led 35-34 at the half. Philadelphia carried a 53-51 lead into the fourth quarter. Both teams scored 10 points in the final eight minutes of play.
Sherman Bufkin scored 25 points to lead the Tornadoes while Romon Gray added 15 points.
In Philadelphia's loss to Southeast Lauderdale, the Tornadoes trailed throughout most of the game. But in the fourth quarter, they poured in 29 points while holding the Tigers to 19 and almost pulled it out. Josh Fulton scored 16 points to lead the Tornadoes. Ricky Triplett added 14 points while Sherman Bufkin added 13.
The Philadelphia girls savored a 54-51 win over Choctaw County.
"We have a young team and it has been a long season," Coach Pashen Autry said. "I am proud of this win for our team. They have worked so hard in practice and have played hard during the season. Maybe this will give us some momentum with the district tournament come up.
The Philadelphia girls went up 24-9 at the half. Choctaw County battled back to make it close in the second half but could not prevail.
Isabella Fulton led the Lady Tornadoes with 17 points while Kenyatta Moore added 15.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Tornadoes dropped a 74-33 decision to Southeast Lauderdale. Fulton scored 13 point to lead the Lady Tornadoes.