Guard Kevin Sullivan scored 19 points to lead the seventh-seeded Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team to a 53-41 win over Olentangy Liberty in the second round of the Division I district tournament Friday at Worthington Christian.

Guard Kevin Sullivan scored 19 points to lead the seventh-seeded Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team to a 53-41 win over Olentangy Liberty in the second round of the Division I district tournament Friday at Worthington Christian.

UA, which had a first-round bye, improved to 16-5 and advanced to play fourth-seeded Newark or Marion-Franklin in a district semifinal at 2:30 p.m. March 7 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Liberty, which had defeated Delaware 69-39 in the first round last Tuesday, finished 12-10.

The lead switched hands several times in the first half. UA trailed 23-21 at halftime but outscored Liberty 10-6 in the third quarter to take a 31-29 lead. The Golden Bears began the fourth quarter on a 10-4 run to extend their lead to eight with two minutes left, and the Patriots would get no closer than six.

"It was back and forth, back and forth, for a while there," UA coach Tim Casey said. "I just think we made a few more plays, a few more shots down the stretch. We had some good execution down the stretch and we hit some free throws and we really didn't let them back in the game once we opened up a lead, which was big."

Guards Brian Sullivan and Colin Casey added 12 and nine points, respectively, for UA, which outscored Liberty 18-10 in the final five minutes. All nine of Casey's points came from the foul line in the final three minutes.

Guard Tommy Waterwash led the Patriots with 13 points.

"They got the lead late in the game and they have really good guard play," Liberty coach Greg Nossaman said. "We had a hard time trapping them and Casey made seven or eight free throws or something like that down the stretch. I thought our kids played hard and battled, but the last five minutes they scored and we didn't."

UA improved to 3-0 all-time against Liberty.