The fourth quarter has been the Achilles heel for the Frontenac High School boys basketball team so far in the 2010-11 season.

The fourth quarter has been the Achilles heel for the Frontenac High School boys basketball team so far in the 2010-11 season.

Opponents have outscored Frontenac 60-48 in the final quarter and Frontenac’s only victory of the season came when the Raiders outscored Liberal (Mo.) 12-9 in the fourth quarter.

Frontenac lost its season opener, 52-49, to St. Paul and St. Paul used a 18-10 third quarter advantage to win and spoil Frontenac head coach Doug Barto’s return to the Raider sideline.

Gage Tindell led Frontenac with 13 points on 4 of 5 field goals and 5 of 8 free throws; Keith Lollar, Devon Keith and Blake Barto helped give Frontenac a balanced offense with nine, eight and seven points, respectively.

44-41 L vs. College Heights:

The Raiders entered the fourth quarter with a two-point lead, 33-31, and ended losing its second three-point ballgame in as many games.

“We had a two-point lead going into the fourth,” Doug Barto said. “We made some plays, four-five plays in a row going inside, and got away from that.”

College Heights made 13 of 28 and Frontenac shot 8 of 13 free throws; there goes the old theory of the home team getting the benefit of foul calls.

“That’s way too many free throws,” Barto said. “We can’t do that and expect to win.”

Keith paced Frontenac with 11 points, outscoring the next highest Frontenac scorer by six points, and shot 7 of Frontenac’s 13 free throws. The Raiders committed 20 turnovers and 20 personal fouls.

33-23 L at Neodesha:

Turnovers and free throws again played a decisive factor in the fate of the Frontenac boys basketball team. The Raiders shot 4 of 8 free throws and committed 16 turnovers.

“At the end of the first quarter, it was 5-5,” Doug Barto said. “We shot five free throws in the first quarter and shot eight for the game.”

For the second consecutive game, Keith was the lone Frontenac player in double figures with 10 points; Keith shot 4 of Frontenac’s 8 free throws.

52-47 W vs. Liberal (Mo.):

The Raiders found themselves on the winning side of a close game for the first time in the 2010-11 season; Frontenac made 18 of 21 (85.7 percent) and Liberal made 15 of 27 free throws (55.5 percent).

“We stopped being aggressive against Neodesha Friday night,” Doug Barto said. “Tonight, we stayed aggressive. We took a couple outside shots, but they were good looks. We kept going inside and we got some easy shots because they were overplaying us.”

Liberal scored the first 12 points of the game and Frontenac put together a 20-point second quarter that helped the Raiders take a 28-23 halftime lead. Raider reserves scored 15 of the 20 second-quarter points, led by Shannon Wiseman’s seven and Brett Hartzfeld’s four points.

Blake Barto paced three Frontenac players in double figures with 14 points, highlighted by 6 of 6 free throw shooting (4 of 4 in the fourth quarter); Lollar and Wiseman both scored 10.

41-32 L at Jayhawk-Linn:

Frontenac ran into the 6-foot-5 height of Jayhawk-Linn senior Taylor Kellerman, and he led the Jayhawks to victory with his 14 second-half points.

Keith led Frontenac in scoring for the third time in five games, with his 11 points, and Blake Barto scored seven.

Playing the first two games, Tindell leads Frontenac in scoring with 8.5 points per game; Keith has averaged 8.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Blake Barto has made 8 of 9 and Lollar 7 of 7 free throws on the season, helping the Raiders shoot 68 percent free throws.