For the second time this season, guards Brian Sullivan and Kevin Sullivan of the Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team combined to outscore an opponent.

For the second time this season, guards Brian Sullivan and Kevin Sullivan of the Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team combined to outscore an opponent.


Brian Sullivan had 18 points and Kevin Sullivan scored 11 to lead the Golden Bears to a 54-28 win over visiting Hilliard Darby on Friday in an OCC-Central Division contest.


Ranked 10th in the Division I state poll, UA improved 13-3 overall and 8-2 in the OCC-Central and extended its winning streak to three games. Darby, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 6-8 and 4-5.


"That was a good win," UA coach Tim Casey said. "If there's one team in our (league) that I respect the most -- and I respect all of them -- it's Darby. They compete, they play tough, they're physical. So for us to get the win like that, it's a good confidence builder."


UA led 12-8 after the first quarter but began to take control in the second quarter, outscoring Darby 22-13 to take a 34-21 lead into halftime. The Bears pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 13-4 to extend their lead to 47-25.


"They were really good tonight," Darby coach Brett Norris said of the Bears. "They played like a veteran team. I thought their execution, both offensively and defensively, was better than anybody we've played all year. Probably from the middle of the second (quarter) on, I don't remember us getting a clean look offensively. They were just so good (defensively)."


The Panthers scored only seven points in the second half.


"Definitely our defense," Brian Sullivan said when asked what was the key to the victory. "This week in practice we really focused on defense and helping (defend) the ball, and I really thought we did a great job stopping them."


Forward Jeff Vaughn added 11 points for UA. Guard Dylan Rudy had six points to lead the Panthers, with forward Matt Cyrus and guard Richard Hammons each scoring five.