Prestonwood Christian rises up in Week 3 Texas hoops rankings

After games ending Dec. 26.

Fresh off a loss against Grace Prep, Prestonwood Christian certainly had its work cut out for it entering the prestigious City of Palms tournament. But the Lions were the ones doin' work in Florida, beating Shabazz Muhammad and Bishop Gorman (Nev.) and California power Riverside before settling the score against Grace Prep in the final.

Julius Randle was up to his usual exploits, but the Lions got big contributions from Kansas commit Zach Peters and freshman Mickey Mitchell, who dropped 19 points and eight assists in the championship. That all equals the No. 2 spot in Texas and No. 5 slot in the POWERADE FAB 50, just behind Marcus on both lists.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Marcus 16-1 (1)

Marauders jumped to No. 4 in the POWERADE FAB 50 after beating No. 7 Montrose Christian and Plano West. Next up: Whataburger Tournament this week.

2. Prestonwood Christian 10-1 (6)

Lions rebounded from defeat against Grace Prep in a big way, winning the City of Palms Classic while avenging the loss to Grace Prep in the title game.

3. Grace Prep 10-2 (2)

Two losses have been to nationally ranked teams in Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and Prestonwood Christian. Ten wins have included triumphs against Prestonwood Christian, Mater Dei (Calif.) and Montverde (Fla.).

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