Wood’s offense too deep for New Oxford: First Round State Playoffs

The second game on Friday night at Philadelphia University was also a lopsided affair, and this time PCL Champions Archbishop Wood defended their title with a comfortable victory over New Oxford. The contest was the first game in the PIAA Class 5A boys’ playoffs.

It’s become routine for Wood to rely on monster games from PCL Player of the Year and future Villanova Wildcat, Colin Gillespie. This time was no different, and New Oxford had no muzzle for the 6’0” guard who netted 31 of Wood’s 92 points in a 92-62 victory.

Wood’s defense was a huge help as a big majority of the game New Oxford seemed anxious with the ball on their side of the court. It didn’t start off ugly. However, after the first quarter Wood exploded for 28 points, but New Oxford was right there with 18 points.

Guard Matt Cerutti dropped his 1,000th career point on his second three of the first quarter. The two combine for 17 of the team’s 28 first quarter points. The second quarter was similar but New Oxford couldn’t quite match the production of Wood, and New Oxford trailed 52-33 at halftime.

The second half is where things got ugly. Wood’s up-tempo dominance led to buckets on nearly every possession, and it was hard to think New Oxford had any idea how to contain it.

The versatility of all five Wood starters was unsettling for New Oxford early on, as at any time one of the five could shoot a three. This was noticeably different to the Wood big men, but the offense from Gillespie and Cerutti masked that concern.

The Vikings will advance to the next round of the state tournament, and SFBN will have you covered moving forward.

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