The Philadelphia Tornadoes collected their second win of the season over Newton High School Friday during the first night of Tornadoes' tournament.
The Tornadoes won one of three games last week as they stopped the Tigers 55-54. Earlier in the week, Kosciusko scored at the buzzer to defeat Philadelphia 69-68. And in the final night of the tournament, Philadelphia dropped a 71-65 decision to Neshoba Central. Coming into this week, the Tornadoes stand at 5-5.
"The Newton game was a big win for us," said Philadelphia Coach Jason Broom. "We have played some close games. We lost at the buzzer in the Sebastopol tournament and against Kosciusko. It was good to get a close win like this."
Philadelphia was to visit Noxapater on Tuesday and then host Lake on Friday before breaking for the Christmas holidays.
Newton led 31-25 at the half. The Tornadoes took the lead in the third quarter when they put in 15 points while holding the Tigers to seven and carried a 40-38 lead into the fourth period. Philadelphia was leading by three with seconds left. The Tigers scored to make it a one-point game and the clock expired. Sherman Bufkin scored 24 points to lead the Tornadoes.
Earlier in the week, Philadelphia was on the losing end of a one point game vs. Kosciusko. Philadelphia was leading by two. Kosciusko then threw up a long shot that scored and the buzzer went off. Bufkin led the Tornadoes with 23 points while Ricky Triplett added 15 points.
The Tornadoes renewed their basketball rivalry with Neshoba Central Saturday night. Philadelphia led 38-34 at the half. But Neshoba Central outscored the Tornadoes 23-14 in the third quarter and held on for the win. Bufkin led the Tornadoes with 19 points while Ricky Triplett added 13 and Avery Duncan finished with 10 points.
"It was a game of two halves," Broom said. "We led in the first half. And they dominated the lane and hit their shots in the second half."
The Philadelphia girls went 0-3 last week and entered the week with a 3-8 record.
The Lady Tornadoes lost a 54-42 decision to Kosciusko. The Lady Whippets led 28-19 at the half. Isabella Fulton led with 15 points.
Philadelphia then dropped a 72-33 decision to Newton on the first night of the tournament. On the second night, they battled Neshoba Central down to the wire before dropping a 48-43 decision. Fulton led Philadelphia with 15 points again Newton and 13 against Neshoba Central.