HS Basketball: Meeker edges Paonia for regional title in double overtime thriller

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PALISADE, Colo. What a year it's been already for Paonia eagles Athletics.

First we saw them come from nowhere to win the 1A football championship, then they continued their perennial domination in wrestling, and now the basketball team has put themselves in the regional final with a chance to head to state.

The only thing standing in their way was Meeker, a team they beat one week ago in their 2A district championship.

The game went back-and-forth for its entirety, and was highlighted by huge performances from Meeker's Raul Lopez and Paonia's Josiah Spano, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Spano that sent the game to double overtime.

Meeker was too much for the Eagles to handle in the second period of extra time, as they go on to win it 65-59 and capture the regional title.

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