Philadelphia's Michael Whitlock watches a shot as he looks for a rebound during a recent game. Philadelphia currently stands at 7-5 as they go into the Christmas holidays.
Philadelphia's Michael Whitlock watches a shot as he looks for a rebound during a recent game. Philadelphia currently stands at 7-5 as they go into the Christmas holidays.
The Philadelphia Tornadoes concluded their pre-Christmas schedule with a 7-5 record.

"We haven't won many games in recent years and we are proud that we have a winning record going into Christmas," Philadelphia Coach Jason Broom said. "We have some seniors on this team who have been with us since the ninth and 10th grade and they are proud of this. Now we have to continue as we play into our region schedule."

The Tornadoes picked up two wins last week, defeating Noxapater 74-40 and Lake 51-47.

The Tornadoes had to battle in the first half during their game with Noxapater. Leading 12-7 after the first quarter, the Tornadoes outscored the Tigers 21-17 in the second quarter to go up 39-24 at the half. Philadelphia put the game away in the third quarter, holding the Tigers to just three points while putting in 22. Sherman Bufkin scored 19 points to lead Philadelphia while Avery Duncan added 10.

Philadelphia's game with Lake went down to the wire. Leading 22-19 at the half, the Tornadoes held a 33-32 advantage going into the final quarter. The Hornets stayed after them but the Tornadoes outscored Lake 18-15 in the final eight minutes of play to claim the victory. Bufkin scored 18 points and Gray added 14.

The Philadelphia girls lost both of their games and entered the holidays with a 3-10 record.

The Tornadoes play at Union on Friday, Jan. 3, and then play a classic game at Winona the next day.