The Tigers prepare for back-to-back games to close out the basketball tour.

The Tigers prepare for back-to-back games to close out the basketball tour.


After their first game in Israel, four days of previews and more practice time, the Tigers will hit the court Sunday for the first games of back-to-back days to close out their basketball schedule in Israel. Tipoff is scheduled for Sunday in Tel Aviv at noon CDT when Auburn plays the Israel Select team, an all-star team.

The exhibition contest will be aired on the SEC Network as the finale of the trip, Monday’s noon CDT contest against the Israel National Team.

Coach Bruce Pearl’s side are expected to face an even bigger challenge than the one they faced with a 117-56 victory over Israel’s under-20 national team in Jerusalem on Tuesday. In that game, six Tigers finished with 10 or more points and 13 players scored.

First freshman at Auburn Yohan Traore6-10 powerhouse France, leading all scores with 20 points. It was a big day for the African Union big men with both. of John Brom And Dylan Cardwell Making major contributions.

Brohm, a 6-10 junior transfer from Morehead State University, scored 17 points in his first game against the Tigers. . The two-time All-OVC player from Plant City, Fla., dug in and established his presence near the record, adding nine rebounds to go 8-9 on field goals.

Dylan CardwellThe 6-11, 255 junior center was also impressive on the power play near the basket and finished the contest with 12 points, a game-high 16 rebounds and three blocks.

Led by those three big men, the Tigers dominated the board on Tuesday, again beating the home team 67-29. Contributing to the score was the Tigers’ full-court pressure, which caused Israel’s under-20 team to commit 24 turnovers, 11 more than the SEC visitors.

Alan FlanaganAfter undergoing Achilles surgery, which limited last season, he showed improved pace with Israel’s under-20 team. He scored 10 points with five rebounds and four assists.

Senior Allan Flanigan drives to the basket during practice in Tel Aviv.

Pearl said he liked the intensity his team showed in the game as the Tigers finished with a 2.5-1 goal-to-goal ratio.

Auburn’s coach said he expects Sunday’s opponent to have a select group of players. Monday’s opponent is expected to be stronger. “This is the most challenging game of all,” Pearl said of his team’s summer road trip finale, which college basketball teams are allowed to do only once every four years.

In the game they won, the Tigers from Israel’s under-20 team shot 51.7 percent from the field and won 31.4 percent of their field goals. Auburn did most of its damage around the basket. The Tigers were 7-22 on three-pointers and 18-27 from the free throw line.

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