The Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team rode a dominant second quarter on Jan. 28 to give the Golden Bears a 58-38 victory over Worthington Kilbourne.
Upper Arlington (13-0 overall, 9-0 in OCC-Central) was initially stifled by Kilbourne's man-to-man defensive strategy that effectively bottled UA's 3-point shooting guard duo of Carter Smith and Brian Sullivan.
"Kilbourne is a tough, physical team that has played us about as good as anybody in conference the past few seasons," UA assistant coach Greg Allocco said. "They are well-coached and we did what we had to do to get the win tonight."
It didn't take long for the Golden Bears to find other offensive options and open up the floor for a balanced scoring parade. Eric Vannatta came off the bench for 12 points and was a key defensive player on the boards throughout the contest. Wes Richter added nine first-half points while A.J. Norman and Chris Watson added strong post defense.
"We played great team defense as a unit," Watson said. "[We] did a great job of limiting their inside touches."
Kilbourne (6-8, 3-6) was plagued by a dry second quarter in their last game against Hilliard Darby, in which the Wolves were shutout the entire eight minutes. Against UA, Kilbourne was outscored 22-8 in the second quarter thanks, in large part. to UA's perimeter defense.
The Golden Bears continued their dominance in the second half, holding Kibourne to 19 points in both halves and containing the Wolves' leading scorer, Austin Parker, to just five total points.
Smith had 16 points and UA's season-leading scorer, Brian Sullivan, scored 14. Sullivan was nominated for a spot in the McDonald's All-American game this past week.
UA plays next at home on Jan. 28 against Hilliard Darby before playing at Watterson on Jan. 31.