The Meade Buffaloes fought back from being down most of the game to force overtime in their Class 2A state boys championship game at Bramlage Coliseum, but were outrun by the Republic County Buffaloes 64-51 in overtime to finish state runner-up for the second straight year.
Meade lost in last season's state championship game to Sterling.
Republic County made 3-of-4 from the field and 9-of-11 at the free throw line in overtime in recording the victory. Meade made only two field goals in 11 attempts and missed all three free throws in the extra stanza after fighting its way back from being down as much as an eight-point deficit to force overtime.
Meade (24-1) actually led 41-38 with 2:50 remaining in regulation, but Republic County was able to tie the game at 48-48 at the end of 32 minutes. Meade was 10-of-20 in the second half as they fought back from their deficit.
Republic County (23-3) was 11-of-23 from the field in the first half; while Meade was 7-of-17, but only trailed 25-21 at intermission thanks to 6-of-8 at the free throw line.
Jett Little scored 15 points to lead Meade in that category, while Trevin Wiens added 12 and Morgan Davis 11. Randy Friesen, who had recorded a triple-double in the quarterfinals, scored five points, but had 12 rebounds and three blocks in the loss.
Trenton Kuhlman scored 30 points (11-of-20 from the field and made all six free throws) to lead Republic County, with Trevor Allen adding 21 in the victory.