Before Saturday, No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) looked primed to be the new team atop the first USA Today High School Sports Super 25 boys basketball rankings of the new year.
No. 1 Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) and No. 2 Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) had both fallen victim to losses in the past few weeks.
Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.) ruined those plans, knocking off Oak Hill 87-76 in a nationally televised game as part of the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest at Hamilton.
Hamilton was just out of the Super 25 in the pre-holiday rankings but figures to make a big jump when the new rankings are released Monday.
K.J. Lawson led Hamilton with 26 points while Terrance Baker added 23 points and Dedric Lawson pumped in 20 points in the win.
Oak Hill, which trailed by 20 at one point, got 29 points from Dwayne Bacon before he fouled out in the fourth quarter. The other half of the starting backcourt, Terrence Phillips fouled out with seven points.
Oak Hill is 22-1 and returns home to play Word of God Academy on Monday before heading to Springfield, Mo., for three games in the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Championships and then Springfield, Mass., for a showcase game in the Hoops Hall event.
The Warriors were beating opponents by an average of 30 points a game this season.
No. 4 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) and No. 5 Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) remain undefeated entering Saturday.