AHSAA - BIRMINGHAM - Faith Academy out-scored Ramsay 17-10 in the fourth quarter to post a 52-50 win in the Class 5A boys' semifinal game in the 2016 AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday afternoon.
Coach John Price's Rams from Mobile advanced to the AHSAA State Finals as the South Regional champion for the fifth straight year - but Wednesday's win was the first in the state tourney for Faith (27-7) in that span. Down 28-18 at the half, Faith rallied to cut Ramsay's lead to five by the end of the third period and took the lead for the first time with 6:33 remaining when Josh Hill sank a jumper set up by R.J. Mhoon's assist. Faith would not trail again.
Roderick Williams led Faith Academy with 27 points. He was 10-of-14 at the foul line. Mhoon added 14 points and Hill had five and a team-high eight rebounds.
Coach Kelly Cheatham's Rams from Birmingham out-rebounded Faith 34-22 with Albert Luke, who scored 17 points, pulling down a game-leading nine boards. He and Brandon Wright sank a 3-point goal each in the final 41 seconds to pull Ramsay (23-12) to within two at the end. Wright totaled four treys and 16 points for the game. Kobe McClain also had six points and blocked five shots for Ramsay, which was making its third appearance in a row.
Faith Academy will play Saturday at 10:45 a.m. in the 5A championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
The 1A girls' and boys' finals will be Thursday at 4 and 5:45 p.m. respectively. Classes 2A, 3A and 4A play girls' and boys' championships Friday while the State Finals conclude Saturday with Classes 5A, 6A and 7A championship games.
All semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network. All championship games will be televised live by Raycom Media. Details are at www.ahsaa.com.