Ayyub Ali, a fourth-grader at Hillsmere Elementary in Annapolis, shot 21 of 25 free throws Saturday to place fourth in the 8-to-9-year-old division of the National Hoop Shoot Championships in Springfield, Mass.
Ali, 9, won local contests as well as the district and state titles for the second straight year.
After finishing third in last year's regional, the youngster won the crown by shooting 21 of 25 in this year's competition in Charleston, W.Va.
The win helped him to become one of 12 regional titliststo reach the finals.
The event was part of a Hall of Fame celebration, which included former Boston Celtics stars Dave Cowens and NateArchibald as guest speakers.