According to Central Crossing High School boys basketball coach Mike Cavey, the Comets' game plan was to exploit Upper Arlington's inside game and stop senior guard Brian Sullivan. The young Comets achieved neither of those goals and the Bears won 64-32 to stay unbeaten.
Upper Arlington (5-0 overall, 4-0 in OCC-Central Division) was led by a balanced scoring parade highlighted by 14 points apiece from Wes Richter and Carter Smith, and a game-high 15 points from Sullivan.
"We played well tonight," said senior center Chris Watson. "We played hard and shared the ball making us hard to guard."
After only one half of play, Upper Arlington led 35-8. During halftime, Golden Bears basketball alumni were recognized at center court.
"We came out with a lot of energy," UA assistant coach Greg Allocco said. "Alumni night, with the old guys coming back, gave our guys additional motivation."
The 35 halftime points were all Upper Arlington would need to tally a victory over Central Crossing (1-5, 1-3), whose win came against Hilliard Darby. The Comets play their next contest against Franklin Heights in the South-Western City Schools Winter Classic on Dec. 27-29.
The Bears cemented the victory with two free throws from freshman Danny Hummer that gave UA a confidence-boosting victory in league play.
"The guys came out and played the way we wanted them to," Allocco said.
Upper Arlington, who is combined 25-1 in the past two seasons, is traveling to the Girard, Pa. for a holiday tournament that begins Dec. 28.