CARTHAGE — The Frontenac High School boys’ basketball team dropped to 0-3 on the season after losing to Carthage 54-52 on Friday.
Free throws ended up being the difference for Carthage in the close contest, as the Tigers went 20-29 from the free throw line in the tightly-contested contest.
The Raiders trailed by five at 50-45 with 52 seconds remaining in regulation following a pair of free throws by Carthage.
Jake Wilbert knocked down two free throws of his own at the 49-second mark of the fourth quarter, but the Tigers managed to knock down three of four from the stripe to make it a 53-47 game with 22 seconds remaining.
A 3-pointer by Jake Wilbert cut the lead in half and made it a one-possession contest for the Raiders, but a free throw on the other end stretched it to a four-point advantage for the Tigers with 13.2 seconds left.
Blayne Baldwin managed to convert a layup in the Raiders’ next possession, but too much time ticked away, leaving one second on the scoreboard.
Wilbert was the catalyst on offense for the Raiders, scoring 19 points with three rebounds and one assist.
Daniel Watts chipped in 11, while Broc Ginavan and Peyton Brown contributed eight and seven points respectively.
The Raiders will be in Carl Junction at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.