Kemper County’s Daetreal Bell blocks the shot of Sherman Bufkin of Philadelphia  during last Tuesday’s game. The Tornadoes won the game, 53-40.
Kemper County’s Daetreal Bell blocks the shot of Sherman Bufkin of Philadelphia during last Tuesday’s game. The Tornadoes won the game, 53-40.
Last week was a big one for the Philadelphia Tornado boys basketball team as they took victories over Kemper County and Newton High School.

The Tornadoes defeated Kemper County 53-40 on Tuesday. They then defeated Newton High School 58-55 Saturday during the Neshoba Central Invitational. The Philadelphia girls only played one game last week, losing 72-46 at Kemper County.

"These were two big wins for us," Tornado Coach Jason Broom said. "In past years, we have had leads and let them slip away. We have a lot of experience on this team and we showed maturity by staying in both games and finding a way to win."

Philadelphia boys 53

Kemper County 40

Philadelphia went up 16-11 against Kemper County at the end of the first quarter, but the Wildcats would outpoint them 9-4 in the second stanza. The score was knotted at 20-20 at the half.

Philadelphia started pulling away in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 11-7. Leading 31-27 at the break, Philadelphia scored eight unanswered point to lead 39-27 with 5:52 left in the game. The Wildcats made a 7-0 run to pull within five points - 39-34 - with 5:47 left. But then the Tornadoes pulled away as they held Kemper County to six points in the time remaining while scoring 14.

Sherman Bufkin scored 20 points to lead the Tornadoes while Ricky Triplett added 14 and Wesley Smith scored 11.

Philadelphia boys 58

Newton High 55

The score stood tied at 12-12 after the first quarter. Philadelphia appeared to take control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 19-9, and led 31-21 at the half. But Newton battled back in the third quarter as it outpointed the Tornadoes 18-10 and trailed 41-39 at the break.

The Tigers scored two unanswered goals to go up 43-41 with seven minutes left to play. Newton then outpointed the Tornadoes 4-1 to post a 47-42 lead with 5:18 remaining.

Philadelphia stayed in the game and pulled to with one point - 52-51 - on Bufkin's field goal with 2:46 left to play. Less than a minute later, Bufkin sank two free throws to tie the game at 53-53 with 1:57 remaining.

Newton went up 55-53 with 1:33 remaining. Then Bufkin hit on a free throw and Ricky Triplett sank a field goal to give the Tornadoes a 56-55 led with 20 seconds left. Both Triplett and Bufkin hit free throws in the time remaining and the Tornadoes improved to 2-1 on the year.

Bufkin finished with 21 points and Triplett had 20.

The Tornadoes won't play again until the Monday before Thanksgiving when they travel to Ridgeland. That will give them time to practice with their football players who were expected to join the team Monday,.

Kemper County girls 72

Philadelphia 46

The Lady Tornadoes showed a lot of hustle and took good shots, but the ball just didn't fall for them on this night. Kemper County led 42-20 at the half.

Kaysun Greer led her team with 11 points.

The Lady Tornadoes only has one game on the schedule this week as Philadelphia girls host French Camp.

Next Monday, Philadelphia travels to Ridgeland for their final game before the Thanksgiving break.