Philadelphia’s Jarron Boler has his shot contested by a Lake player during a recent contest. Boler scored 18 points for the Tornadoes in the game.
Philadelphia’s Jarron Boler has his shot contested by a Lake player during a recent contest. Boler scored 18 points for the Tornadoes in the game.
The Philadelphia High School boys basketball team picked up two Region 5-2A victories in games played last week.

The Tornadoes started the week with a 77-58 win at home over Newton High last Tuesday. On Thursday, they dropped a 50-45 non-region game at Choctaw Central. And they closed out the week with a 54-47 win at home against Scott Central.

The Philadelphia girls went 1-2 last week. They dropped a 37-19 loss to Newton High School and 54-21 to Choctaw Central. They came back to beat Scott Central 57-48.

Philadelphia has two games to play this week. They were to visit Union on Tuesday and visit Scott Central on Friday. Next week,, the Tornado teams will close out the regular season by hosting Union on Tuesday, February 6, and visiting Lake on Friday, February 9. The region tournament will be held the following week at Union.

The Tornadoes entered the week with a 12-9 overall record and 3-1 in the Region 5-2A standings. The Lady Tornadoes stand at 13-8 overall and 2-2 in the region.  


Tornadoes 77

Newton High 58

Jarron Boler scored 32 points and Stetson Moore added 26 as the Tornadoes rolled over the Newton

Leading 20-9 after the first quarter, Philadelphia would outpoint the visiting Tigers 20-16 in the second quarter and led 40-25 at the half.

The Tigers fought to get back in the game, outscoring Philadelphia 20-13 in the third quarter. Newton trailed 53-45 heading into the fourth quarter. There, the Tornadoes put the game away as they put 24 more points on the scoreboard while holding the Tigers to 13.

John Scott Carter scored 11 points for the Tornadoes.


Choctaw Central 50

Tornadoes 45

The Tornadoes took a break from the region grind to battle cross-county rival Choctaw Central.

The Tornadoes led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Warriors came back to outpoint the Tornadoes 13-12 in the second quarter. Philadelphia led 22-18 at the half.

The Warriors battled back in the third quarter, outpointing Philadelphia 18-14. Going into the final quarter, the game was tied at 36-36. Choctaw Central pulled ahead in the final eight minutes and took the win.

Boler and Moore both scored 14 point for the Tornadoes.


Tornadoes 54

Scott Central 47

The Tornadoes went ahead in the third quarter and held off the Scott Central Rebels in the final quarter.

Philadelphia led 21-19 at the half. In the third quarter, the Tornadoes shot 7-for-14 from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line. The Rebels, meanwhile, connected on 3-of-8 shots and made one free throw. At the break, the Tornadoes led 37-26.

Scott Central chased the Tornadoes throughout the final quarter. They scored on 9-of-16 shots from the field but the Tornadoes put in 7-of-9 field goal attempts to hold onto the win.

Moore led with 18 points while Boler added 17. Zabin Hunter and Carter both scored nine points.

“We had a great effort this week,” Coach Michael Tardy said. “But there are still things we need to correct. We lack experience as a team to complete games on this level but we are making progress. We are getting there.”


Newton 37

Lady Tornadoes 19

The Newton Lady Tigers put this game away in the third quarter.

Newton led 11-6 after the first quarter. They outpointed the Lady Tornadoes 6-5 in the second quarter and led 17-11 at the half. In the third quarter, Newton held Philadelphia to one point while scoring 13 and taking a 30-12 lead into the final quarter.

Nia Luckett led Philadelphia with seven points.


Choctaw Central 54

Lady Tornadoes 21

The Lady Warriors went up 41-11 at the half and never looked back.

Tyesha Cole led Philadelphia with 11 points.


Philadelphia 57

Scott Central 47

Philadelphia built up a big lead in the first three quarters and held on for the win.

Philadelphia went up 18-6 at the end of the first quarter. Lake battled back, outpointing the Lady Tornadoes 11-8. Philadelphia led 26-17 at the half.

Philadelphia put in 24 points in the third quarter while holding the Lady Rebels to 16 points. Trailing 50-33 heading into the final period, Scott Central put in 15 points while holding the Lady Tornadoes to seven. But Philadelphia held on for the win.

Andrika Carter led the Lady Tornadoes with 21 points while Tkasmin Colston and  Cole both added 12 points.