BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The 2015 Steel City Invitational began this weekend at the Pete Hanna Center on Samford University’s campus. Plenty of local teams are in action today. Check back here for scores and quick recaps as games go final.
Ramsay 56, Faith Academy 54
After a morning win over Pelham, the Ramsay Rams needs two overtimes to beat defending Steel City champs Faith Academy, 56-54.
Albert Luke led Ramsay with 17 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks, the last of which came right before the final horn to seal the Rams victory. Brandon Wright added 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Ramsay moves on to Monday’s 3:00 p,m. semifinals game. Faith Academy will play in the consolation bracket.
J.O. Johnson 68, Woodlawn 54
The Jaguars of J.O. Johnson proved too much for Woodlawn in the Colonels second game of the day, pulling away in the second half for a 68-54 win.
Woodlawn’s Javien Williams, a UAB signee, finished the game with 36 points on 12-23 shooting. He scored 22 of his points in the first half, helping Woodlawn to a 28-27 halftime lead.
J.O. Johnson’s John Petty, the no. 16 player in the country in the class of 2017 according to 247Sports, finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four blocks. Teammate Justin Hopkins led the Jags with 13 points.
J.O. Johnson moves on to face Ramsay in Monday’s first semifinal game at 3:00 p.m. Woodlawn will play in the consolation bracket at noon Monday.
Homewood 76, Madison Academy 70
After a comfortable three quarters, Homewood had to survive a furious Madison Academy rally to defeat the Mustangs, 76-70, in the quarterfinals of the Steel City Invitational.
The Mustangs used a 12-0 run over a two minute span in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 66. Homewood responded the next possession and never gave up the lead again.
Michigan State signee Josh Langford led all scorers with 35 points, shooting 50% from the field and making 12-13 from the free throw line. He also added 10 rebounds for the Mustangs.
Homewood was led by Luke Touliatos with 34 points while Chris Miller added 16. The Patriots shot 55% for the game, including 40% from downtown.
The Patriots advance to Monday’s 4:00 p.m. semifinal game. Madison Academy will play again Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart 81, Mountain Brook 74
After a lackluster first half, Mountain Brook used a furious second half rally to tie the Cardinals in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Sacred Heart held on, 81-74.
Sacred Heart’s Kevion Nolan led all scores with 31 points, including a stellar 16-18 from the free throw line. DJ Heath added 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Spartans were led by freshman phenom Trendon Watford who scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Sacred Heart shot 55% from the field for the game, including 44% from three point range. Mountain Brook forced 20 turnovers, scoring 22 points off of them.
Sacred Heart moves on to face Homewood in the semifinals Monday. Mountain Brook will take on Madison Academy at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
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