Triple doubles are the benchmark of basketball superstars like Russell Westbrook and LeBron James.
They don’t happen often, even in the NBA. So consider the odds of this achievement by a 12-year-old playing in the Huntsville recreation league.
Of course Caleb Holt isn’t your average youth player. The 6-foot point guard, for Redstone’s 14-and-under team, is ranked No. 4 among 12-year-olds in Alabama.
Holt accomplished a triple double with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 12 steals in Redstone’s 38-11 win over International on Thursday night. This happened at the Moon Complex, the former Grissom High building in south Huntsville.
“That’s normal for a 12-year-old of his caliber,” Redstone coach Marcus Tolbert said laughing.
Holt, who wears No. 5, stood in the hallway outside the gym with his teammates as Tolbert addressed them after the game.
“We played good defense, rebounded well,” Holt said of the team’s effort. “We shot the ball good. We scored a lot.”
But he saw room for improvement in his own game. “Shooting the ball better,” he said of where he would like to improve. Asked if this was one of his better performances, he shook his head no.
Holt got help from his teammates. Alex Williams scored 14 points. Kolton Wood had six points and two steals. Deshon Jackson grabbed five rebounds for Redstone (6-2).
“Tonight we played better defense,” Tolbert said. “They understood that if you play passing lanes, you get more tipped passes. And the 1-2-2 (zone) defense that we play, we always get a 3-on-2 or 2-on-1 easy layup off a steal.”
Tolbert was asked about his star player’s triple double. “I saw it coming two games ago when we started playing 1-2-2 zone,” he answered. Holt’s performance was “awesome,” he said.
Bryson Spearman scored eight points and Sims Bowman had three for International (0-7).
“It’s a good team,” Panthers coach Jamie Duncan said. “They did a good job keeping us out of scoring opportunities.”