The unbeaten Stafford boys basketball team tuned up for Commonwealth District competition in a strange way--by beating Commonwealth District teams in the Fauquier Times-Democrat Holiday Classic.

The Indians (9-0) handled nondistrict Liberty, 64-15, in the tournament opener and then knocked off Brooke Point, 53-38, in the second round and Fauquier, 52-48, in the championship.

Indians Coach Steve Spicer is enjoying his best start in his 11 years as head coach, but he wishes the latter two tournament wins could have come against teams other than Commonwealth rivals Brooke Point and Fauquier.

"Now they'll be sky-high to play us" in the district games, said Spicer, whose team had defeated Fauquier once this season.

Stafford junior forward Chris Kay was named the tournament most valuable player, mostly for his rebounding. He totaled 23 points in the three games. Senior guard Rudy Kelly led the team in scoring in two of the games.

Stafford is not the area's only undefeated boys team. Gar-Field improved to 7-0 by sweeping its three games in the Cave Spring Holiday Hoopla in Roanoke.

The Indians beat Broughton (N.C.) in the final, 67-55, despite playing without starting point guard Q.J. Melchior, who slipped and injured his ankle during warmups.

Senior guard Joaquin Jackson sank five three-pointers in the championship, and junior guard Akeem Scott was the only Indian to score in double figures all three games.

Senior forward Aaron Andrews, who scored 30 points in the first tournament game, was chosen for the all-tournament team along with junior forward David Hooper, who totaled 45 points in the latter two outings.

Gar-Field Coach Andy Gray said Melchior's status is day to day. The Indians are idle until their game Friday against No. 7 Potomac.

Kiwanis Holiday Classic

The Osbourn boys attained their goal of winning the final Kiwanis tournament. One of the pleasing sidelights was the clutch performance of two younger players--sophomore Marcus Belcher and junior Justin Campbell.

In the 76-70 win over Osbourn Park in the final round, Campbell scored a season-high 15 points, and Belcher tied his season high with eight points. Even with senior forward Damien Williams recovering from an ankle injury, the Eagles had eight players score seven points or more in at least one tournament game.

Osbourn and Marshall each went 3-0 in the tournament, but Osbourn won the trophy because its differential between points scored and points allowed was much greater than Marshall's.

Hylton won two of its three games. Sophomore forward Ahmad Brooks scored in double figures all three games, and senior forward Kenny Irby poured in 20 points in the third outing. Irby hit a three-pointer, dunked and made several nimble moves to the basket.

Osbourn Park went 1-2, with encouraging six-point losses to Marshall and Osbourn, the tournament's two unbeaten teams. To start the tournament, the Yellow Jackets welcomed senior forward Micaiah Benson and freshman guard Jahmar Claxton to the team. Benson had been academically ineligible, and Claxton was called up from the junior varsity. That fresh-faced duo combined for 58 points in the three games.

Seton went 0-3 in the tournament, losing by an average of 26 points.

Four local players were named to the all-tournament team--forward Joe Lane and guard John Horton, both Osbourn seniors; and Osbourn Park guards Mike Littlefield, a junior, and Sidney Sillah, a senior.

Chapel Hill Men's

Tiger Holiday Classic The Woodbridge boys might have a difficult time choosing a highlight from their North Carolina tournament. It could have been winning their final two games, or it could have been hobnobbing with some of the state's basketball elite.

During a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University, the Vikings got to meet Duke assistant coach Johnny Dawkins, as well as players Shane Battier and Jason Williams.

The next day, at the University of North Carolina, the Woodbridge team met Tar Heels Coach Bill Guthridge and his staff, and toured the Dean E. Smith Center.

Rubbing elbows did not sidetrack the Vikings, who after losing their first-round game, recovered to beat the host school Chapel Hill and Southeast Raleigh (N.C.).

Senior guard Maurice Watkins was named to the all-tournament team. Senior guard Jacob Garner, who had not played since the season opener because of an ankle injury and suspension, returned to play in the finale.

Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament

The No. 7 Potomac boys weathered their first loss of the season, falling, 72-58, to Greenwood (S.C.) in the championship of the Kentucky tournament.

Three Potomac players earned spots on the all-tournament team--senior forward Jernavis Draughn, senior guard Anthony Jones and junior guard Mark Cunningham. Draughn totaled 71 points in the three games.

Fredericksburg Christian Holiday Classic

Colonial Forge won its first boys basketball game in school history by knocking off the host school, 54-48, in the tournament opener. Junior James Borella scored 17 points, and freshman Brandon McKenney added 10.

The next night, Centreville beat the Eagles, 81-38, in the tournament championship.

Gar-Field Lady Indians Holiday Classic

No. 14 Gar-Field reached the finals of its tournament but lost, 61-53, to Midlothian, the top-ranked team in the Richmond area. Gar-Field senior forward Kia Manuel scored 34 points in the loss.

In the first two tournament games, wins over Annandale and Fairfax, junior forward Nikki Wells totaled 30 points, and senior forward Vanessa Massie totaled 29. Manuel and Wells made the all-tournament team.

CBOA Bookjammin' Hoops Tournament

Cardinal District opponents Potomac and Hylton bumped into each other in a consolation round of the Fairfax County event. Potomac senior Kimisha Dabney, the tournament most valuable player, scored a season-high 28 points to lead her team's 49-38 win. Senior guard Jennifer Felder averaged 11 points and five assists in the three games.

Hylton opened with a 47-38 win over Lake Braddock. Sophomore guard Jennifer Rhodan scored a season-high 20 points that game. The Bulldogs then fell, 60-41, to James River, the sixth-ranked team in the Richmond area, and lost to Potomac.

The Dabney sisters, Kimisha and Erica, were involved in an automobile accident Sunday. Neither suffered serious injuries, but they were too sore to practice with the team Monday. Coach Mike Adkins said they should be back to full strength for the game Friday against No. 14 Gar-Field.

IAABO Girls Invitational Christmas Tournament

The Woodbridge back court seemed to stabilize somewhat as the Vikings' holiday tournament progressed at Prince George's (Md.) Community College.

Sophomore guards Liana Wooten (25 points) and Kristin Portell (10 points) led the team to a 52-39 consolation win over Milford Mill (Md.) after the Vikings had dropped their first two games.

Wooten's performance in the third game topped a 22-point scoring total from the previous day. Portell had missed three games with an ankle injury before returning to play the latter two games in the tournament.

Player Dismissed

The Stonewall Jackson boys, who did not play in a holiday tournament, return from the break with one fewer player. Jaaron Greene, a 6-7 sophomore center, has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons, Coach Dave Huckestein said.

TOURNAMENT SCORES

Dec. 27

Boys

Kiwanis Holiday Classic

Marshall 53, Hylton 48

Osbourn Park 71, North Stafford 56

Osbourn 72, Seton 39

Chapel Hill (N.C.) Holiday Classic

East Mecklenburg (N.C.) 50, Woodbridge 42

Clarke County Holiday Tournament

George Mason 58, Manassas Park 32

Girls

Bookjammin' Hoops Tournament

Potomac 55, W.T. Woodson 40

Hylton 47, Lake Braddock 38

Holy Child Holiday Classic

Ireton 49, Seton 40

IABBO Invitational Tournament

Duval (Md.) 44, Woodbridge 35

Dec. 28

Boys

Kiwanis Holiday Classic

Marshall 53, Osbourn Park 47

Osbourn 80, North Stafford 56

Hylton 60, Seton 42

Cave Spring Holiday Hoopla

Gar-Field 82, Waynesboro 67

Chapel Hill (N.C.) Holiday Classic

Woodbridge 55, Chapel Hill 40

Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament

Potomac 64, Spruce Creek (Fla.) 49

Fauquier Times-Democrat Holiday Classic

Brentsville 55, Spotsylvania 54

Stafford 64, Liberty 15

Brooke Point 64, Highland 25

Fredericksburg Christian Holiday Classic

Colonial Forge 54, Fredericksburg Christian 48

Girls

Gar-Field Lady Indians Holiday Classic

Gar-Field 61, Annandale 51

Bookjammin' Hoops Tournament

James River 60, Hylton 41

Centreville 47, Potomac 44

Holy Child Holiday Classic

Seton 51, Blue Angels 31

IABBO Invitational Tournament

John Carroll (Md.) 49, Woodbridge 48

Pohanka Chantilly Classic

Edison 56, Brooke Point 53

Dec. 29

Boys

Kiwanis Holiday Classic

Hylton 69, North Stafford 61

Marshall 66, Seton 39

Osbourn 76, Osbourn Park 70

Cave Spring Holiday Hoopla

Gar-Field 70, Ravenscroft (N.C.) 50

Chapel Hill (N.C.) Holiday Classic

Woodbridge 58, Southeast Raleigh (N.C.) 38

Clarke County Holiday Tournament

Shenandoah Valley 60, Manassas Park 52

Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament

Potomac 67, Rock Castle (Ky.) 54

Fauquier Times-Democrat Holiday Classic

Stafford 53, Brooke Point 38

Fauquier 50, Brentsville 48

Fredericksburg Christian Holiday Classic

Centreville 81, Colonial Forge 38 (championship)

Girls

Gar-Field Lady Indians Holiday Classic

Gar-Field 53, Fairfax 51

Bookjammin' Hoops Tournament

Potomac 49, Hylton 38

Holy Child Holiday Classic

St. John's Prospect Hall 49, Seton 38

IABBO Invitational Tournament

Woodbridge 52, Milford Mill 39

Pohanka Chantilly Classic

Brooke Point 45, McLean 42

Dec. 30

Boys

Cave Spring Holiday Hoopla

Gar-Field 67, Broughton (N.C.) 55

(championship)

Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament

Greenwood (S.C.) 72, Potomac 58

(championship)

Fauquier Times-Democrat Holiday Classic

Stafford 52, Fauquier 48 (championship)

Brooke Point 70, Spotsylvania 57

Liberty 52, Brentsville 47

Girls

Gar-Field Lady Indians Holiday Classic

Midlothian 61, Gar-Field 53 (championship)

CAPTION: North Stafford's Nathan Lanham (40) tries to steal the ball from Justin Campbell of Osbourn, which won the trophy in the final Kiwanis tournament.