The Philadelphia Tornadoes opened the 2017-2018 season with a 48-46 victory over Amory in the East Webster basketball classic which was played on Saturday.

The Tornadoes were playing without their football players and were without more than half of their team. Four starters from last year are still involved in Philadelphia’s quest for a state football championship.

Even so, Jarron Boler scored 24 points to lead the Tornadoes to victory. Amory, which led 14-9 after the first quarter, outscored the Tornadoes 9-6 in the second period to go up 24-15 at the half.

Philadelphia battled back in the third quarter, outscoring Amory 15-10. The Tornadoes trailed 34-30 going into the final stanza. They outpointed Amory 18-13 during the eight-minute span and took the victory.

“It was a big win for us,” Coach Michael Tardy said. “I was surprised that we didn’t take care of the ball better in the first half.

“We don’t have all of our players right now, but the ones who are here, have gone through the program and they should know what to do. These are the ones who playing now. When the other guys come back, we’ll see how they fit in.”

Kelton Abston scored eight points for the Tornadoes.

The Philadelphia girls dropped a 47-42 decision to Amory. Philadelphia went up 17-14 in the first quarter. But the Lady Panthers came back in the second period to outscore Philadelphia 13-7 and led 27-24 at the half. Amory would outscore Philadelphia 20-18 in the second half as they held on for the win.

Tyesha Cole, Nia Luckett and Andrika Cole all scored eight points for the Lady Tornadoes while Marsha’ Hunt added six.

Both teams were to see action Tuesday in the Philadelphia Classic. The Lady Tornadoes were to play Southeast Lauderdale while the Tornadoes were playing Nanih Waiya. Philadelphia visits West Lauderdale next Tuesday.