Low-scoring hoops player drops 113 in game
Mohammad El Akkari's tally on Tuesday was 105 points more than his season average.
April 4th, 2012
04:46 PM ET

Low-scoring hoops player drops 113 in game

Mohammad El Akkari isn't exactly his basketball club’s usual No. 1 scoring option. He averaged 7.6 points in the first 23 games of the Lebanese Division A League Final 8 season.

On Tuesday, he appears to have made an argument for taking a few more shots.

Akkari, a guard playing for Moutahed of Tripoli, scored 113 points - including 32 three-pointers, and only one free throw - in his team’s 173-141 win against Bejjeh, according to FIBA Asia.

He is the first player to score more than 100 points in an official game in any of the leagues under the umbrella of Asia’s basketball governing body.

Akkari shot 32-for-59 (54%) from behind the 3-point arc, and an overall 40-for-69 from the field.

“Thank God for this performance. I think it’s all a result of my practice,” Akkari said after the game, according to FIBA Asia. “I also want to thank my coach for letting me play that long and all my teammates for helping.”

His American teammate, former Oklahoma player Austin Johnson, said the team “realized that he was on fire, so we kept feeding him the ball.”

“Congrats to Akkari on a record-setting night. He deserves it from the way he works and stays focused,” Johnson said.

According to FIBA Asia, records show only two other players topped 100 points in a game in Asia: Lou Salvador, who scored 116 points for the Philippines against China in the 1923 Far Eastern Games, and Jeron Teng, who scored 104 for Xavier School against Grace Christian College in the Philippines.

Moutahed coach Ahmad Fadel said he was “not surprised” by the performance by Akkari, a 27-year-old who has been with Moutahed for seven seasons.

“He’s a phenomenal but very underrated shooter. He puts in a lot of hard work in practice,” Fadel said, according to FIBA Asia.

Neither team in Tuesday’s game has a winning record. The result moved Moutahed to 10-14 and Bejjeh to 8-17.

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    He is the first player to score more
    than 100 points in an official game
    in any of the leagues under the
    umbrella of Asia’s basketball
    governing body.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 2LiveJew

    Golly, just how long are the games over there – is it an all-day affair like Cricket?

    Dude hoisted 59 shots – how did his arm not fall off. Oh, that's right, the LOSING team scored 141 so defense consisted primarily of dirty looks...

    April 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |