When Achraf Yacoubou hit a three to put Long Island Lutheran up 21 over Chaminade with .9 seconds remaining in the third quarter on Thursday night, it seemed an odd time for Long Island Lutheran head coach John Buck to call a time out.
Then an announcement was made saying that Yacoubou had just scored his 1,000th career point for LuHi.
“I was happy and surprised,” Yacoubou said in a text message Friday. “I didn’t know I was that close to making it. Everyone was so happy and making a lot of noise, clapping.”
Yacoubou - a junior who is in his second year at LuHi after transferring from American Christian in Philadelphia last year - finished with 24 points as the Crusaders beat Chaminade, 73-56.
As a player that focuses on spreading the ball and team play over individual accomplishments, it was no surprise that Yacoubou was unaware of the milestone he was approaching.
“He had no idea,” Crusader coach John Buck said. “He’s not really big on personal stats but I think it did mean a lot to him after seeing his reaction. Over two years he has done a lot to help our program and I think he took pride in it.”