Villanova coach Jay Wright was on hand to watch Collin Gillespie, but Matt Cerruti stole some of the spotlight from his Archbishop Wood teammate in the first half Friday night against Archbishop Ryan.
Cerruti netted 14 of his 17 points before the break as the visiting Vikings built a 19-point advantage and buried the previously undefeated Raiders, 63-34, in a Catholic League matchup.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior hit his first six field goal attempts, including a pair of three-pointers. Wood, which rebounded nicely from Tuesday's 68-60 loss to Father Judge, was ahead by 33-12 late in the second quarter.
"The loss to Judge was one that we had to put behind us," Cerruti said. "As a team, we try not to get too high or too low. We just want to focus on the next game."
Cerruti transferred to Wood last school year from Lower Moreland. He was a part-time starter and sixth man for the squad.
"He's more comfortable with his teammates this season," Vikings coach John Mosco said. "And you can see that he has more confidence in his outside shot."
Overall against previously-red hot Ryan, Cerruti shot 7 for 11 from the floor (3 for 5 from beyond the arc). His right-wing, third-quarter trey put Wood (7-3 overall, 1-1 league) in front by 40-16.
After a slow start, Gillespie totaled a game-high 18 points, six assists (five in the first half), five rebounds and three steals.
The buzz of Wright's expected appearance made the rounds before the game.
"Collin told us about it, but he tried to play it cool," Cerruti said.
Cerruti and Gillespie received support from a trio of juniors: guard Tyree Pickron (nine points, nine boards); 6-11 center Seth Pinkney (six points, three boards); and 6-7 forward Karrington Wallace (seven boards, three points).
"We haven't been getting the ball to our big men as much as we should," Cerruti said. "We finally did that. They needed to be rewarded for their hard work."
Gillespie, who recently picked up scholarship offers from Drexel and Rider, is averaging nearly 20 points per game.
The cold-shooting Raiders (10-1, 1-1) were led by Izaiah Brockington's nine points. Senior forwards Fred Taylor (10 boards, four blocks) and Matiss Kulackovskis (six boards) each had seven.
Archbishop Wood 18 15 14 16 - 63
Archbishop Ryan 10 4 9 11 - 34
AW: Collin Gillespie 18, Matt Cerruti 17, Tyree Pickron 9, Keith Otto 2, Karrington Wallace 3, Seth Pinkney 6, Julius Phillips 5, Kyle McNamee 3.
AR: Amin Bryant 4, Fred Taylor 7, Matiss Kulackovskis 7, Izaiah Brockington 9, Anthony Woodard 5, Mekhi Lang 2.