Raiders bitten by another gut-wrenching loss

Losing is painful no matter how you slice it. Sometimes it just hurts a little more. The Navarre Raiders boys basketball team knows that as well as anyone.

Friday night’s 36-34 double overtime loss to Niceville on the road marked the seventh time this season the Raiders have lost a game by less than 10 points. It’s the third OT loss.

As expected, there was silence in the locker room after the game, the players dealing with the sting of a close defeat one more time.

“It’s frustrating. It’s killing these guys right now,” Navarre head coach Terry Posey said. “Their hearts are hurting. It’s the worst feeling.”

Navarre held an 11-9 lead after one quarter. A 15-11 advantage at halftime and a 22-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth defensive battle.

With 4:41 left in the fourth, the Raiders appeared to be in control. Javon Baker nailed a 3-pointer to put his team up 27-23.

Nearly four minutes later, the Raiders were staring a 29-27 deficit. Two clutch free throws by Joe Sczesny tied the game at 29 with 20.1 remaining.

Neither team scored the remainder of regulation.

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