UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Wellington will have to wait one more year before it can challenge for bragging rights in Upper Arlington. Hosting the neighborhood rival Golden Bears on Tuesday, No. 1 (D3) Wellington was sent home packing, as Dane Goodwin and No. 4 Upper Arlington took down the Jaguars in convincing fashion, 51-32.
Controlling the first half from the opening tip, Upper Arlington looked as if it was in midseason form defensively, making everything difficult for Wellington. Rarely giving up an easy look, Upper Arlington held Wellington to 12 first half points to go into halftime leading 22-12.
In the second half, Wellington junior Bob Faller sparked a 7-0 run himself, knocking down a big three to cut the Upper Arlington lead to 22-19 with 6:15 to go in the third. Exchanging some words with Goodwin after the make, Faller and Wellington would suffer a 16-5 run from Goodwin and Upper Arlington to end the quarter.
Scoring 11 points in the third quarter alone, Goodwin helped Upper Arlington build a 38-24 advantage going into the final frame. Opening up the quarter on a 6-0 run, Upper Arlington relinquished any hope of a Wellington rally, rolling to a 51-32 win to open up the season.
Leading the way for Upper Arlington was the Notre Dame signee Goodwin, who finished with 23 points and six rebounds. Goodwin could not be stopped attacking the basket, finishing tough through contact while also knocking down two triples.
Goodwin was joined in double figures by junior forward Max Martz, who added 13 points and eight rebounds. Upper Arlington got a tremendous defensive performance out of guards Sam Sass and Will Grabovac, who set the tone on the perimeter. Sass' defensive efforts held Wellington's leading scorer, Air Force signee Solomon Pierre-Louis, to two points.
For Wellington, senior forward Noah Berry finished with a team-high 12 points. Faller had a terrific all-around performance, scoring all 10 of his points in the second half, while also adding five rebounds and five assists.
Upper Arlington will look to keep rolling on Friday at Central Crossing. For Wellington, there will be no rest for the weary as the Jaguars open up its first ever game in the Mid-State League on the road at No. 2 (D3) Harvest Prep on Saturday.