Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lebanese scores 113 points by himself


It is said that an individual scoring 100 points is one of the toughest things to pull off in today's game, but yesterday in the country of Lebanon, someone just did.

Mohamed El Akkari pulled off such a feat and then some, scoring 113 points for Moutahed in a 173-141 win over Bejjeh in the Lebanese League. Considering that this particular league only plays 40 minutes instead of the NBA's 48 minutes (FIBA rules), seeing this kind of a scoreline is insane.

The 6'2" guard shot 40/69 from the field and 32/59 from long distance, adding a solitary free throw to boot. According to someone's calculations (which are off by two points upon checking), He scored 18 in the 1st (off of six 3's), 15 in the 2nd (off of five 3's), 48 in the 3rd (including 13 threes) and 30 in the fourth (including eight 3's)

He had been averaging 7.6 pts, 2 rebs, .9 assts and 1.1 stls in 23 games, averaging a shade under 20 minutes, before his offensive explosion. He is probably their best three point shooter at 31.4%, thus his preference of shooting threes.

Moutahed had been toting an under .500 win-loss record in the Lebanese Division A, wallowing in the lower half of their division, just beating an opponent that has a worse record than they do. In addition, Bejjeh did not have their best players with the team, due to a pay dispute involving some of them.

Since Wilt Chamberlain pulled off the century mark in the Association, there have been players who also managed to pull off such a feat, namely the late great Drazen Petrovic in Croatia before being ported over to the NBA, a couple of Filipinos, Lou Salvador in 1923 (scored 116 in the archaic rules and probably peach baskets of Naismith) and now-incoming college freshman Jeron Teng in 2011 (104 in a HS game) and a couple of Americans playing in the Philippines (Michael Hackett's 103 in 1985, Tony "The Hurricane" Harris' 105 in 1992).

Now let's see Kobe try to outdo that. (h/t to Deadspin, BDL, and others)

Update: ESPN trying to update, but gets caught not proofreading its articles.

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