Last Modified: Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:50 AM
Istrouma’s Kaigler brothers were double trouble for Washington-Marion, dominating the boards and leading Istrouma to a 54-50 win over the Charging Indians Friday night in a Class 4A regional-round playoff game.
Marquise Kaigler had 18 points and 21 rebounds and Carvis Kaigler added 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Istrouma, who will host Alexandria in the quarterfinals.
Istrouma (24-6) led from wire to wire, capitalizing on a host of second-chance opportunities and W-M turnovers. Of Istrouma’s 29 first-half points, 14 were second-chance points and five were off 12 W-M turnovers. Istrouma led by as many as 11 in the second quarter and eight at halftime.
W-M (22-8) rallied in the third quarter, pulling within two midway through the quarter and trailing by four at the end of the quarter, as guards Jaylond Jackson and Dionte Dixon combined to score 11 points in the quarter.
Jackson made a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to again pull W-M within 45-43, but Istrouma reeled off six straight points with Marquise Kaigler twice scoring putback baskets for a 51-43 lead.
Dixon made consecutive 3-pointers to get W-M within two points with 2:15 left, but Carvis Kaigler scored three straight points — all after grabbing offensive rebounds — to put the game out of reach.
Dixon led W-M with 18 points off the bench. Jackson added 10.
The Kaiglers scored 17 of Istrouma’s 25 second-half points.
“(Marquise) played big, he has done that for us all year,” said Istrouma head coach Aaron Pearson. “We count on him for a lot — scoring, rebounding and defense, and he definitely came through. His brother did too, did a great job rebounding and blocking shots.”
W-M had three possessions in the fourth quarter with a chance to score, but could not convert any of them.
“We played with poise,” Pearson said. “They made their runs, but we didn’t let them sustain them. Each time we made a play, whether it was getting a basket or getting a stop.”
W-M head coach Albert Hartwell said simple mistakes doomed his team.
“I thought we were big enough, but not quite,” he said. “We had too many turnovers; we were throwing the ball away here, missing a rebound there. We could not get the shots to drop when we needed them.”
Hartwell said he liked the way his young team developed over the course of the season.