Lebanese basketball player Mohammad El Akkari now joins a rare and elite group that include the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Frank Selvy and Drazen Petrovic – players who have scored a hundred points or more in a single official basketball game.
Playing for the Tripoli-based basketball club Mouttahed, Akkari reportedly scored 113 points on 40-of-69 shooting including a 32-of-59 clip from beyond the three point arc, leading his team en route to a 173-141 demolition job over Bejjeh in a Lebanese Division A League Final 8 game – a game that has been sanctioned by the world basketball governing body FIBA.
Akkari's incredible feat marks the first time that a player scores more than 100 points in an official FIBA Asia National Federations game. Previously, Oscar Schmidt of Brazil held the record for the highest points total in a single FIBA game with just 55 markers.
Akkari averages just 7.6 points in 23 games this season and is considered a role player for at the most. But as it turned out, the seldom-used BYU-Hawaii Seasiders guard has other plans against Bejjeh.
The last time a basketball player scored 100 points or more in an American professional league was in 1962 when Chamberlain dropped 100 against the New York Knicks while the closest to have achieved such feat in the NBA in recent memory is Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who scored 81 points in 2006.
Selvy's 100-point game came in 1954 in an NCAA Division I game while Petrovic scored 112 points in a Yugoslavian league.
Coach Ahmad Fadel of Mouttahed was all praises but isn't surprised with Akkari's impeccable offensive night, according to FIBAAsia.net.
"He’s a phenomenal but very underrated shooter. He puts in a lot of hard work in practice. I am not surprised, Fadel said"