The Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team had more than one reason to celebrate last weekend.

The Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team had more than one reason to celebrate last weekend.

Not only did the Golden Bears capture their first OCC championship in 14 years, but they completed their first undefeated regular season in 63 years and third overall in their 88-year history.

UA clinched the OCC-Central Division championship outright with a 65-62 win at Dublin Coffman last Friday. The next day, the Bears concluded league play as well as the regular season with a 76-32 win over visiting Westland to improve to 19-0 overall and finish 14-0 in the OCC-Central.

Coffman finished second in the OCC-Central at 12-2, followed by Hilliard Darby (8-5), Hilliard Davidson (8-6), Worthington Kilbourne (6-8), Thomas Worthington (4-9), Central Crossing (2-12) and Westland (1-13). A game between Darby and Thomas on Feb. 16 was postponed because of the weather and will not be rescheduled.

The Bears, whose previous OCC championship came in the 1995-96 season, won the first meeting with Coffman -- ranked seventh in the Division I state poll last week -- 64-58 on Jan. 15.

"We've been close (to winning an OCC title) a couple times, but (Coffman) has been our nemesis," coach Tim Casey said. "They're the team that we haven't been able to get by. I think we've been second three or four times, but this year we were fortunate enough to get them both times."

UA was league runner-up four times during Casey's previous eight seasons: last year in the OCC-Central, 2005-06 in the OCC-Ohio and 2002-03 and 2003-04 in the OCC-Cardinal.

"It feels good," post player Jeff Vaughn said of the league title. "We haven't done that in like 15 years, so it's a good accomplishment for us."

UA's other undefeated regular seasons occurred in the 1946-47 and 1937-38 seasons. The Bears played one game fewer than usual this season. Their game against Zanesville on Feb. 9 was cancelled because of the weather.

UA and Coffman appear to be on a collision course to meet again in the Division I district tournament. The Bears are seeded fourth behind Northland, Gahanna and Westerville South and had a first-round bye.

They play Pickerington Central or Whetstone in the second round at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Jonathan Alder.

If UA advances, it likely plays fifth-seeded Coffman in a district semifinal on March 6 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. But Casey doesn't want his players thinking about that potential matchup.

"At this time of year, if you slip up and you aren't ready to play, you're done," he said. "So I hope our guys play (against Central or Whetstone) with that urgency."

UA has not played Central or Whetstone this season. Seeded 20th out of 42 teams, Central ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 11-9 overall with a 65-45 win over Reynoldsburg last Friday. Point guard Anthony McGarrah and 6-foot-6 guard/forward Dominique Royal each scored 20 points.

The Tigers lost to Coffman 68-37 on Feb. 17.

"They're very talented, very athletic," Casey said of Central. "They're as athletic as any team we've played all year. They're more than capable."

Whetstone, seeded 35th, dropped to 4-16 with an 80-75 double-overtime loss to Briggs on Feb. 18 despite 33 points from point guard Cameron Vines. The Braves entered their game against Central last Tuesday having lost seven in a row.

As was the case in the previous matchup with Coffman, UA jumped out to a lead, scoring the first seven points and holding a 16-7 lead after the first quarter. The Bears led 39-21 by halftime.

UA led by as many as 20 points early in the third quarter. However, like the previous matchup, Coffman rallied in the second half, cutting its deficit to 50-36 by the end of the third quarter. The Shamrocks continued their charge in the fourth quarter, pulling within three points when guard Kyle Molock made a free throw with 8.5 seconds left.

UA then turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds pass, leaving Coffman with 7.5 seconds left.

However, Molock, a sophomore who already has made a verbal commitment to Purdue, missed two 3-pointers in the waning seconds, allowing the Bears to hold on for the victory.

"We got off to a hot start, but we kind of expected Coffman to make a run," guard Brian Sullivan said. "They're too good a team to kind of fall down. They're way too competitive. ... They played really well in the second half."

Sullivan, who scored a career-high 35 points, including seven 3-pointers, in the previous game against Coffman, made five three-pointers and led the Bears with 25 points. Vaughn had 14 points and guard Oliver McGlade scored 10, including three 3-pointers.

"I'm a little disappointed that we don't play that way consistently," Casey said when asked about his team's fast start. "Our M.O. has been to be quick starters but then level off a little bit, not effort-wise and not intensity-wise. We continue to play hard, but we kind of take our foot off the gas a little bit."

Guard Connor Viers led Coffman with 21 points. Michael Green, a 6-6 post player and an Akron-signee who scored 25 points in the first meeting, was held to six points.

"They out-executed us, plain and simple," Coffman coach Jamey Collins said.

"It's a credit to them, 100 percent, on their preparation and execution. They made their plays, and we didn't."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Upper Arlington boys basketball team:

Feb. 18 -- Defeated Lancaster 71-35. Brian Sullivan scored 19 points, Jeff Vaughn scored 14 and Carter Smith scored 10.

*Last Friday -- Def. Dublin Coffman 65-62. Sullivan scored 25 points, Vaughn scored 14 and Oliver McGlade scored 10.

*Last Saturday -- Def. Westland 76-32. McGlade scored 18 points and Sullivan scored 10.

Friday -- At Jonathan Alder (6:15 p.m.) vs. 20th-seeded Pickerington Central or 35th-seeded Whetstone in second round of Division I district tournament. Winner advances to a district semifinal at 10 a.m. March 6 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, where it likely will play fifth-seeded Coffman. UA is the fourth seed.

Of note: The Bears are 19-0 overall and finished 14-0 (first) in the OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central game