Local athlete nails title clincher

Team Tate of Burlington, N.C. won the Teammate National Championship 12-under youth basketball tournament last weekend in Rock Hill, South Carolina. With the team trailing by two in the championship game, L.J. Smith of Lincolnton knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer with just five seconds to play. The four-day event featured teams from all across the United States. Team members are Treylan Beamer, Aaryn Tate, Jai Richburg, Demarlo Linville, Nick Daniels, LJ Smith, Cameron Perdue, Messiah Hester, Adam Grier and Jayden Jones. The team is coached by Barry Tate and Calvin Perdue.

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