Philadelphia's Romon Gray (21) goes for a layup amongst a Neshoba defense. <br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->
Philadelphia's Romon Gray (21) goes for a layup amongst a Neshoba defense.
It's region basketball tournament time for members of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

It's the time of the year when coaches hope their teams will be playing at their best. And if ever a team put together momentum at the right time, it was the Philadelphia Tornadoes who claimed four victories in the final week.

The Tornadoes started last week with a 69-40 road win over Raleigh. They then blasted Choctaw County 79-30 and took a 70-56 win over Raleigh at home. The icing on the cake was a 60-58 win at Neshoba Central on Saturday.

"It was a very good week for us," Coach Jason Broom said as his team improved to 13-14 on the season. "But now we have to keep things going in the region tournament. We have to win Tuesday or the season is over."

Region 5-3A tournament

The Region 5-3A tournament started Tuesday at Forest High School. The Southeast Lauderdale boys are the No. 1 seed in their side of the bracket while Forest is No. 2. On the girl's side, Choctaw Central is the top seed after going undefeated in its region schedule. Southeast Lauderdale is the No. 2 seeded team.

The top two seeds drew first round byes and have qualified for the South State Class 3A tournament. The winners from Tuesday game will also qualify for the South State tournament.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

Tuesday's games

4 p.m. - Philadelphia girls vs. Raleigh;

5:30 p.m. - Philadelphia boys vs. Choctaw County;

7 p.m. - Forest girls vs. Choctaw County;

8:30 p.m. - Choctaw Central boys vs. Raleigh;

Thursday's games

4 p.m. - Choctaw Central girls vs. Philadelphia-Raleigh winner;

5:30 p.m. - Southeast Lauderdale boys vs. Philadelphia-Choctaw County winner;

7 p.m. - Southeast Lauderdale girls vs. Forest-Choctaw County winner;

8:30 p.m. - Forest boys vs. Choctaw Central-Raleigh winner;

Friday's games

4 p.m. - Girls consolation game;

5:30 p.m. - Boys consolation game;

7 p.m. - Girls championship game;

8:30 p.m. - Boys championship game;

Region 3-5A tournament

The tournament will be held at Germantown High School and the top two teams advance into the North State Class 5A tournament.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday's games

4 p.m. - Canton girls vs. Ridgeland;

5:30 p.m. - Canton boys vs. Ridgeland;

7 p.m. - Neshoba Central girls vs. Germantown;

8:30 p.m. - Neshoba Central boys vs. Germantown;

Friday's games

6 p.m. - Girls championship game;

7:30 p.m. - Boys championship game;

Class 5-2A tournament

The Class 5-2A tournament will be held at Lake High School and started Tuesday.

The top seeded teams for the girls bracket will be Scott Central and Newton High School. Newton High School is the No. 1 seed for the boys bracket while Scott Central is No. 2.

The top two seeds drew first round byes and have qualified for the South State Class 2A tournament. The winners from Tuesday game will also qualify for the South State tournament.

The tournament bracket is as follows:

Tuesday's games

4 p.m. - Union girls vs. Clarkdale;

5:30 p.m. - Union boys vs. Enterprise;

7 p.m. - Lake girls vs. Enterprise;

8:30 p.m. - Lake boys vs. Clarkdale;

Thursday's games

4 p.m. - Newton girls vs. Union-Clarkdale winner;

5:30 p.m. - Newton boys vs. Union-Enterprise winner;

7 p.m. - Scott Central girls vs. Lake-Enterprise winner;

8:30 p.m. - Scott Central boys vs. Newton-Enterprise winner;.

Friday's games

4 p.m. - Girls consolation game;

5:30 p.m. - Boys consolation game;

7 p.m. - Girls championship game;

8:30 p.m. - Boys championship game.

Last week's games

The 2013-2014 regular season wrapped up this past week. Here's a look at the four local teams and how they finished.

Philadelphia

The Tornadoes finished the season with a 13-14 record after winning their last four games.

In their first game with Raleigh, the Tornadoes led 24-22 at the half. The second half belonged to Philadelphia as they outscored the Lions 45-18 in the final two quarters. Sherman Bufkin led with 20 points while Romon Gray added 14 points.

Philadelphia jumped out to a 30-2 lead in the first quarter of their game with Choctaw County and that would be enough to claim the win. Bufkin led the Tornadoes with 19 points while Ricky Triplett added 16 points and Bradley Horne scored 13.

In their second game of the week against Raleigh, the Tornadoes went up 42-26 at the half. The Lions battled back in the second half but Philadelphia held on for the win. Triplett scored 17 points to lead the Tornadoes while Gray added 16, Bufkin scored 13, and Grant Gordon added 11 points.

Their final game of the week came at cross-town rival Neshoba Central and the Tornadoes took a two-point win.

Philadelphia led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. The Tornadoes outscored the Rockets 14-8 in the second quarter and led 35-22 at the half. Neshoba Central battled back in the second half as they outscored the Tornadoes 38-25 in the final two quarters. But Philadelphia fought to hold onto their lead. Bufkin finished with 22 points and Gray added 13.

The Philadelphia girls went 1-3 last week and finished the regular season with a 5-22 record.

The Lady Tornadoes lost 51-49 at Raleigh and 53-51 at home against Choctaw County. Philadelphia then defeated Raleigh 60-39 before losing 57-14 at Neshoba Central

Neshoba Central

Both Neshoba Central teams have split with first-round opponent Germantown and now it is win or go home.

The Neshoba Central boys carried a 16-6 record into Tuesday's games.

"We've worked hard this season and have come a long way," Rockets Coach Jerry Byrd said.

Girls Coach Fred Morris echoed Byrd's feelings as his 12-13 team looks to advance.

"Win or go home," Morris said. "You shouldn't need any more to motivate you then that."

Choctaw Central

The Lady Warriors went undefeated in Region 5-3A and are the top seeded team in the region with a 22-6 record. Last week, the Lady Warriors defeated Southeast Lauderdale 64-51 and Forest.

"We are the top seeded team and have already qualified for the South State tournament," Coach Bill Smith said. "But it's important we play well and win Thursday night and Friday night so we can get a home game in the first round of the playoffs."

The Choctaw Central boys lost both games last week to Southeast and Forest.



Union

The Union boys took a 59-53 win over Scott Central last week.

The Yellowjackets went up 29-23 at the half. Union's lead was cut to three points - 44-41 heading into the final quarter. But the Yellowjackets turned back the Rebels to claim the victory. Quinton Campbell led with 18 points while Malik Thompson added 13 points.

The Yellowjackets then lost to Newton, 61-41. Campbell led with 16 points and Marvin Norris scored six points.

The Union girls lost to Scott Central 67-43 and to Newton High School.