Posted On: 02/28/19 6:19 PM

  The top eight seeds in the State Southern Division I regional each won first-round games Tuesday night.

Should any of the top four seeds fall in the second round Thursday night, it would be almost “mild” relative to the “upset strata”.

  Only one sectional champion is still involved: No. 4 seed Santa Margarita, which won the CIF Southern Section Division I championship by knocking off Chino Hills (No. 6 in this bracket) Saturday at Cal Baptist University in Riverside.

   The Eagles will play host (at 6 o’clock; the other games tip an hour later) to San Diego Open runner-up Foothills Christian of El Cajon.

   Santa Margarita presents one of the biggest and best frontcourts in high school by way of three college-bound seniors: Jake Kyman (UCLA), Max Agbonkpolo (USC) and Shengzhe Li (BYU).

   The Knights counter with a short collective frontcourt but it, too, is quite gifted – notably in 6-foot-5 Derrick Carter-Hollinger, one of the five-best players in San Diego and bound for the University of Montana.

   The contest in the upper bracket pits Birmingham (which finished fourth in the L.A. City Open playoffs before knocking off Harvard-Westlake Tuesday) at No. 1 seed

California All Access Pass

Subscribe to Prep Hoops California to get access to all premium articles and prospect rankings for as little as $2 per week!