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Fresh off a major tournament win at the McDonald's Texas Invitational, Duncanville knocked off No. 3 Prestonwood Christian (Plano) 58-48 in the featured Saturday game at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

But Duncanville's hot start wasn't the story of the night as prized recruit Julius Randle of Prestonwood Christian limped off the floor late in the first half and did not return. Reports from Sandra Meadows Arena indicated it appeared to be a foot injury.

File photo by Jim Redman

Julius Randle

Reached by text late Saturday night, Prestonwood Christian head coach Chris Mayberry declined to comment on Randle's status.

Randle is a 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward ranked No. 4 in the MaxPreps Class of 2013 Top 100. He led the program to a 27-4 record as a junior, the TAPPS (Texas private schools) 5A state title and the prestigious City of Palms Classic title.

The Lions have already been hit with a major injury this season as super sophomore Mickey Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 point-forward, suffered a torn ACL while playing quarterback for the PCA football team. He is expected to miss the entire 2012-13 hoops campaign.

For Duncanville, the victory over Prestonwood Christian was affirmation that the one-time national power is back under first-year head coach Danny Henderson, who led Marcus (Flower Mound) to repeat Class 5A state titles in 2010 and 2011.

Other nationally-ranked teams in action

* No. 9 Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.) knocked off Jonesboro (Ark.) 60-46 on Saturday night in the final of the Rumble on the Ridge in Forrest City, Ark., winning that event for the second year in a row. The Jaguars improved to 4-0 on the season.

* Joel Berry, Florida's reigning player of the year, poured in 39 points as No. 17 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) topped Dr. Phillips (Orlando) 64-52 at the Hoops Exchange Thanks for Hoops showcase.

* No. 19 DeSoto (Texas) bounced back from its loss to Duncanville last week by handing Jarell Martin and Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.) a 63-59 as part of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

* No. 23 Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) is learning how to play with a target on its back, escaping with a 50-48 win over Gulfport at the Capital City Hoops Challenge. The Chargers dropped their opener earlier this month and have had a fight in three subsequent wins leading up to Saturday's nail-biter. Elite sophomore prospect Malik Newman led the way against Gulfport with 21 points.