Weed High School came within one second -- or less -- of advancing to the semifinal round of the 2011 Northern Section Division V boys playoffs.

Instead, the Cougars’ season ended the same way it did a year earlier, with a second round playoff loss on their home court Saturday afternoon.

After Chester ended regulation by sinking a buzzer-beater to send the game into overtime, the No. 4 seeded Cougars went cold and lost to the No. 5 seed, 64-57, in a game that was postponed from the previous night because of poor travel conditions.

The Cougars held the lead from the time Liam Hagarty’s three-point shot went through the net with 2:40 to play in the first half until the fourth quarter buzzer. After Chester missed a three-pointer with time running out, 6-foot-5 Volcanoes center Chad Durkin followed with a shot that tied it, 50-50.

Weed went scoreless in the final 2:51 of regulation, after increasing its lead to 50-46 on a putback by Jake West.

Both teams missed three free throws down the stretch, continuing a trend that lasted throughout the first four quarters. The Cougars were 5-for-15 from the line in the game. Chester, just 5 for 19 in regulation, made 10 of 15 free throws in overtime – and two of those OT misses came after there was no doubt about the outcome.

Weed’s starters -- all seniors -- came out of the game in the final minute and sat on the bench in disbelief.

The Cougars finished their season with a second consecutive Shasta Cascade League championship and 19-6 overall record.

Jake West scored 16 points Saturday, Hagarty and Mykeil White both scored 12, Trey Gaither 7, Roberto Sanchez 3, Caleb Goltz 3, Micah White 2, Cody Beam 1, and Brandon Williams 1.

Durkin scored 20 for Chester (23-4), which advances to face the No. 1 seed, Trinity (25-2), in a semifinal Wednesday night.

The other Division 5 semifinal will pit either No. 3 Portola or No. 11 East Nicolaus against No. 2 Liberty Christian.