Calvert High School's boys basketball team led nearly the entire game as it opened its holiday tournament Tuesday against Lackey. But that doesn't mean victory came easy.

The Cavaliers and Chargers were tied at two crucial junctures--the end of regulation and the end of the first overtime period--and Lackey could have won by making a free throw with no time left in the fourth quarter. It didn't happen, and Calvert (3-2) claimed a 56-53 victory in double overtime.

In the second game of the night, Thomas Stone defeated Forestville 64-53, and later, St. Francis of Baltimore defeated Westlake, 71-39. The matchups were shuffled for the tournament's second and final day Wednesday. (Games started too late to be included in this edition.)

Against Calvert, Lackey (1-5) slowed things down with a 2-3 zone and got close in the game's final minutes. With the score tied at 39, the referee whistled a foul as the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation.

The referee called the foul against Calvert, but then changed his mind, ruling the foul had occurred after the buzzer--so the game seemed to be headed to overtime. After meeting with both coaches, however, the referee reversed that decision, and sent Lackey's Antwann Hawkins to the line with no time left on the clock.

Hawkins, who finished with a team-high 16 points, missed both shots.

"I don't know what happened there at the end, but I know we weren't playing very well," Calvert Coach Bill Stewart said. "But we'll take a win any way we can get it."

Said Lackey Coach John Mappas: "I can tell you what it came down to, the only stat that really matters: 40 turnovers. We couldn't do anything right. But I can't say it's because the kids don't try, because they give me all they've got. . . . They just don't know how to win yet."

In the second game, Thomas Stone, which was playing without four of its players who are away on vacation, never trailed Forestville. The Cougars (3-3) were led by the timely three-point shooting of guard Robert Naylor, who hit five three-pointers to finish with a game-high 21 points. Center Harshod Spells added 15 for Stone.

CALVERT 56, LACKEY 53 (2 OT)

Lackey (1-5)--Heard 0 0-1 0, Freeman 2 3-4 7, Howells 5 1-2 16, R. Washington 1 0-0 2, Curtis 1 0-0 2, Herty 3 1-2 7, Thompson 0 1-2 1, Duckett 1 0-0 2, Hawkins 6 3-8 16. Totals 19 9-19 53.

Calvert (3-2)--Wills 4 0-0 8, Pumphrey 1 3-6 6, Mackall 4 1-2 10, Williams 1 0-0 2, Herrick 3 3-4 11, Brooks 2 1-2 5, Williamson 1 2-2 4, Gross 4 2-4 10. Totals 20 12-20 56.

Halftime: Calvert, 29-18.

Three-point goals: Lackey 6 (Howells 5, Hawkins 1); Calvert 4 (Herrick 2, Pumphrey, Mackall).

THOMAS STONE 64, FORESTVILLE 53

Forestville--Morris 7 2-2 17, Parker 1 0-0 3, Jenkins 2 0-2 4, Taylor 2 0-0 4, Studevent 0 4-7 4, Neal 1 0-0 3, Moore 3 1-2 7, Hill 0 2-3 2, Henry 3 0-2 6, McKnight 1 1-3 3. Totals 20 10-21 53.

Thomas Stone (3-3)--Lewis 1 0-0 2, Washington 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Spells 6 3-5 15, Naylor 8 0-0 21, Myers 1 0-0 2, Brown 3 0-0 6, Hawkins 6 2-2 14. Totals 27 5-7 64.

Halftime: Thomas Stone, 26-20.

Three-point goals: Forestville 3 (Morris, Parker, Neal); Thomas Stone 5 (Naylor 5).

CAPTION: Thomas Stone's Harshod Spells controlled the boards against Forestville, contributing to a 64-53 win in the Calvert High School Holiday Tournament.

CAPTION: Calvert forward Terrence Mackall fights Lackey players for a final offensive rebound during the second overtime in the Cavaliers' 56-53 holiday tournament win.