Auburn fell 95-86 on Monday to close out the Israel National Team’s winter basketball exhibition tour in Tel Aviv despite a strong showing from one of its big men and point guards. Auburn’s head coach, Bruce PearlHe said it was a good experience for his team.
“What they run is very hard to protect,” Pearl said. “We’re built for it, but for everything we’re trying to do, they’ve got good opponents. It’s a great coach, a great system, great players. We’ve upset them. I’m glad we gave them a run. I’m glad it was a good match for them. They were exposed in some ways, and we were. I know we did.
The home team controlled a close game in the third quarter, but the Tigers battled back to pull ahead 68-67 with 7:26 left in the fourth quarter. The Tigers ended their tour with a 2-1 victory over the veteran and stronger Israeli team.
The Tigers got a third straight strong performance from the 6-foot-10, 235-pound center. of John Brom, transfer from Morehead State. He had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Junior point guard Wendell Green He finished with 19 points and three rebounds. Green hit 9 of 10 free throws as he attacked the bigger Israeli defenders at the basket. Broome made 8-of-14 field goals with three blocked shots and seven offensive rebounds.
Denny Avidija, who plays for Washington in the NBA, led all scorers with 25 points before falling.
In the game, the Tigers shot 36.8 percent and shot 28-76 on field goals. The home team is 26-57 on field goals and 7-20 on three-pointers. The Tigers made 6-24 from three.
Auburn shot 82.6 percent of its free throws, but went to the line 29 times, 36-for-78.3 percent for the Israeli national team.
Auburn finished the game with a 46-41 rebound advantage and turned the ball over 11 times, six fewer than the home team. The Tigers held a 40-30 edge in paint points and a 20-10 edge in second-chance points.
Trailing by two points at halftime, the Tigers led briefly in the third quarter, but outscored them 25-17 at the time to take a 68-58 lead into the fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands six times in the first half and eight times in the game. Auburn took its first lead in the 10th minute of the opening quarter on a 3-pointer by Jasper, making it three in the contest. The game was tied 20-20 at the end of the game.
The Tigers built a 29-24 lead on Jasper’s second three-pointer with 7:07 left before halftime, but the home team wouldn’t let Auburn get away and Israel National led 43-41 at halftime.
Green led the Tigers with 10 points in the first half, while Jasper, Yohan Traore and Moore added 6 points in the 20th minute.
Traore, who scored 20 points in the first two games, led the team in scoring, and finished with eight points on Monday. Another freshman guard, Chance Westry, scored 31 total points in games one and two, but did not add a single point against the Israeli national team. Jaylin Williams scored four points. Alan Flanagan, Dylan Cardwell and Trey Donaldson each scored two points while Babatunde “Stretch” Akinbola was held scoreless.