Beaufort Hustle teams compete at USBA nationals

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The Beaufort Hustle AAU basketball program took four teams to the USBA National Championship from July 16-20 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Hustle’s eighth-grade girls made the national quarterfinals, going 2-1 in pool play before falling to the Bluffton Bulls in bracket play. McKayla Washington led the Hustle at the offensive end, averaging 15 points per game.

After going 1-2 in pool play, the 10th-grade boys made a strong run in bracket play, winning two games to reach the Bronze Bracket final. Elijah Fess led the team with 21 points per game in the tournament.

The 11th/12th-grade boys, coached by former Beaufort High standout Ryle Owens, also went 1-2 in pool play and split their first two games in bracket play, reaching the Bronze Bracket semifinals. Nate Perryman led the way with 17 points per game.

The ninth-grade boys went 0-3 in pool play and dropped their first game in bracket play.

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