Second annual Steel City Invitational first-round schedule announced

Knight Eady Sports Group (KESG), in partnership with the Birmingham Tip Off Club, announced the first-round schedule for the second annual Steel City Invitational. The event, presented by Andrews Sports Medicine and St. Vincent’s Health System, includes a slew of iconic matchups between teams and marquee players. The field is loaded with three 2014 AHSAA State Champions and an additional three 2014 Final 48 teams.

The defending 5A Champion and 2013 Steel City Invitational champion, Parker, will take on Cullman in a repeat of the 2014 regional semi-final game. Additionally, 6A champion, Mountain Brook, will go head to head with 3A champion, Midfield on the opening night. The 2014 5A runner-up, Ramsay, will face Clay-Chalkville, led by standout senior point guard, Hasan Abdullah.

Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State selection Micah Fuller (Bessemer City) will face one of the nation’s top sophomores, John Petty, with the back-to-back 2014 4A runner-up J.O. Johnson. Another player to watch includes senior Dazon Ingram (Theodore) who will face Fairfield in the first round.

All of this action will take place on the first night of the three-day event held December 19, 20 and 22 at Samford University. There will be a winners bracket and a consolation bracket, and all teams are guaranteed at least one game each of the three playing days. The championship will be held on Monday, December 22.

The schedule for first round matchups is included below:

2:30 p.m. – Hoover vs. Bibb County (Seibert Hall)

3:30 p.m. – Parker vs. Cullman (Pete Hanna Center)

4:00 p.m. – Ramsay vs. Clay-Chalkville (Seibert Hall)

5:00 p.m. – Bessemer City vs. J.O. Johnson (Pete Hanna Center)

5:30 p.m. – Tuscaloosa County vs. Grissom (Seibert Hall)

6:30 p.m. – Theodore vs. Fairfield  (Pete Hanna Center)

7:00 p.m. – Faith Academy vs. Wenonah (Seibert Hall)

8:00 p.m. – Mountain Brook vs. Midfield (Pete Hanna Center)

More information about the tournament, teams and players to watch can be found online at www.steelcityhoops.com, on Twitter at @SteelCityHoops or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SteelCityInvitational. For more information, contact Caroline Mullins at caroline@knighteady.com.