Don’t blame the Philadelphia Tornadoes for wanting a little break.

The Tornadoes just finished played 11 games in 20 days and added three more wins to their total as they beat Union 39-37, Scott Central 63-53 and Lake 60-52.

The Lady Tornadoes lost a trio of hard-fought games as they fell 50-45 to Union, 67-60 to Scott Central and 73-67 in double overtime to Lake. 

The Tornadoes finish the regular season with a 19-5 record and are 8-0 in Division 6-2A play. The Tornadoes will play the winner of Scott Central and Lake on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

“We aren’t playing our best but we aren’t playing bad at all,” Philadelphia boys coach Willis Tullos said. “We have played 11 games in 20 days and are pretty tired right now. We need to get our legs back under us and try to come out sharp in the division tournament. It’s go time now and we need to be ready to play.”

The Lady Tornadoes are 8-14 overall and will play Lake on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The winner will play top seed Newton on Thursday at 4 p.m.



Philadelphia boys 39

Union 37

The Tornadoes built an early lead and held on for a two-point win over the Yellowjackets on Tuesday.

Philly jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first period but Union outscored the Tornadoes 13-4 to cut the lead to 20-19 at the half. Philly took the third period 10-9 and each team scored nine points in the fourth for the final margin.

Jordan Hill led Philadelphia with 14 points while Ira Chambers had seven points. 

Jada Russell led Union with 12 points while J.T. Vance had nine points.





Union girls 50

Philadelphia 45

The Lady Yellowjackets took a hard-fought five-point win over the Lady Tornadoes on Tuesday night.

Each team scored nine points in the first period and Union outscored Philly 13-10 in the second to take a 22-19 lead at the half. Each team scored 10 points in the third and Union took the fourth period 18-16 in the fourth for the final margin.

Kamyia Russell and Keirra Russell each had 18 points apiece for Union.



Philadelphia boys 63

Scott Central 53

The Tornadoes overcame a slow start and pulled away for a 10-point win over the Rebels on Thursday. 

Scott Central led 14-11 at the end of the first before Philly outscored the Rebels 17-9 in the second to lead 28-23 at the half. The Tornadoes continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Rebels 16-13 in the third and 19-17 in the fourth to take the win.

Jordan Hill led Philadelphia with 21 points while Cisco Wilson had 11 points. Tanner Boler had nine points and Ira Chambers added eight points.



Scott Central girls 67

Philadelphia 60

The Lady Rebels built a big lead and held on to take a seven-point win over the Lady Tornadoes.

 Scott Central jumped out to a 23-6 lead in the first period before Philadelphia outscored the Lady Rebels 17-11 to cut the lead to 34-23 at the half. Philadelphia outscored Scott Central 19-17 in the third and 18-16 in the fourth for the final margin. 



Philadelphia boys 60

Lake 52

The Tornadoes overcame another slow start and held off a scrappy Lake team to take an eight-point win over the Hornets on Friday night in the regular-season finale.

Lake led 15-13 at the end of the first and 20-12 in the second to lead 35-25 at the half. Philadelphia outscored Lake 17-6 in the third and 18-11 in the fourth to take the comeback win.

Jordan Hill led Philly with 23 points while Cisco Wilson and Ira Chambers each had 10 points apiece.



Lake girls 73

Philadelphia 67 (2OT)

The Lady Hornets needed two overtime period to take a six-point win over the Lady Tornadoes on Friday.

Philly started fast and led 18-3 at the end of the first before Lake outscored the Lady Tornadoes 22-8 in the second to cut the lead to 26-25. Each team scored 13 in the third period and Lake took the fourth 16-15 to send the game into overtime tied at 54-54. Each team scored six points in the first overtime and Lake took the win by outscoring Philly 13-7 in the second overtime to take the win.

Zharia Leflore led Philly with 26 points while Shaynace Thomas had 19 points while Jenesha Clemons had 11 points.