Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the chilly again piedmont!  The Great One is once again here to recap the first round and give out his second-round winners.  The first round was nothing short of exciting as usual with many close games, upsets, near misses and a couple of downright stunners.  The Sadster posted a 66-14 mark, or roughly 83% in Round 1 with a couple of out-on-a-limb upset picks missed, but he still went 4-3 on predicted shockers.  Northside-Jacksonville, Myers Park and South Central falling were the aforementioned stunners.  Hough, New Hanover, Glenn, Statesville, etc. all survived scares…but survived.  The name of the game now is “survive and advance” as the late great Jimmy Valvano once said.  We will now check out the Amazing One’s projected winners in the second round.  To the picks!!!!

4A WEST:
NORTH MECK, GRIMSLEY, INDEPENDENCE, NW GUILFORD, ARDREY KELL, VANCE, OLYMPIC and the Upset Special winner, HOUGH

4A EAST:
GARNER, APEX, HILLSIDE, HOGGARD, PINECREST, HERITAGE, MILLBROOK, LEESVILLE RD.

3A WEST:
TABOR, SMITH, HUSS, CATHOLIC, FREEDOM, HICKORY, COX MILL, and the Upset Special winner, WEDDINGTON

2A WEST:
FOREST HILLS, LNC, MTN. HERITAGE, LEXINGTON, SHELBY, N. DAVIDSON, and the Upset Special winners, E. LINCOLN and N. FORSYTH

1A WEST: 
LINCOLN CHAR., CHATHAM CHAR., MTN ISL. CHAR., STARMOUNT, N. ROWAN, WS PREP and the Upset Special winners, CSD and PINE LAKE PREP

There you have it folks!!! We now know who will advance to the sectional finals so go out and watch it transpire for yourselves.  Next round we will also be picking up the 2A and 1A East brackets.  The Great One will return on Saturday morning to recap the second round and reveal who will be heading to the regionals. 

SAD SAM – HS HOOPS GENIUS