The Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team isn't focusing on the fact that it's off to its best start in more than 60 years.

The Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team isn't focusing on the fact that it's off to its best start in more than 60 years.

The Golden Bears are 12-0 overall and 9-0 in the OCC-Central Division after a 53-50 win over Worthington Kilbourne last Tuesday. The last time UA won its first 12 games was the 1946-47 season, when it won its first 22 games.

"It's certainly better than the alternative, but I told the guys we haven't accomplished anything as far as what our season goals are," coach Tim Casey said. "We're barely beyond the midway point, and if we start thinking about that stuff, we'll set ourselves up for failure."

UA enjoyed a very similar start last season. The Bears won their first 10 games, only to go 6-6 in their final 12 and finish 16-6 overall. The players haven't forgotten how quickly their fortunes can change.

"It's good to start the season like that," post player Jeff Vaughn said. "But last year we started out well, too, but then we didn't end up reaching most of our goals, so we're trying to stay focused and keep looking ahead."

UA travels to Hilliard Darby on Friday for an OCC-Central game. The Bears won four consecutive meetings, including a 54-41 victory on Dec. 18. In that game, guard Brian Sullivan led UA with 21 points and guards Wes Richter and Oliver McGlade scored 14 and 13, respectively. Guard Dylan Rudy led the Panthers with 13 points.

Darby won only two of its first six games but won six of its next seven and was 8-5 overall and 5-3 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing last Tuesday.

"They're very good, and they're getting better," Casey said. "They had some tough games early and took a few on the chin, but I think they've had a (challenging) schedule and I saw them (Jan. 16 in a 52-43 win over) Eastmoor and they absolutely have gotten better."

One of the keys to UA's success has been its transition game. Whenever the Bears get a defensive rebound or force a turnover, they look to get the ball down the court as quickly as possible.

"Coach Casey really encourages us to run, because he thinks we have an advantage with our speed," Vaughn said. "We run hard in practice and make sure we stay in shape and we're always working on our transition and transition layups so that when it comes to the game, we're ready for it and we can play fast."

One of UA's most effective players in its transition game is Vaughn. Though the 6-foot-6 senior usually can be found under the basket when playing defense, he frequently leads the Bears on fast breaks.

"Jeff might be our best guy at getting out in transition," Casey said. "When he's in that mindset, he's a deer or a gazelle out there.

"That's a bonus for us."