Davis and Fermin singled out PM West basketball teams

Pocono Mountain West dominates the Poconos college basketball scene.

With his boys team 9-3 and his girls team 8-3, West sits atop the EPC North Division standings in both men’s and women’s basketball. East Stroudsburg South (9-4) is trailing the Panthers men’s team closely, but has already lost to West.

The rest of the Poconos’ EPC North teams are 33-77 combined this winter.

Notre Dame East Stroudsburg topped the boys’ independent league, going a perfect 7-0 with their 77-29 victory over Salem Christian. The Spartans have even beaten EPC North opponents between Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg North, although the team is still likely to sit a notch below West and South.

What sets West’s teams apart are his game-changing superstars.

Vatijah Davis and Christian Fermin run not just West’s basketball teams, but their entire divisions.

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Davis, a junior on head coach Chrissy Campos’ women’s team, is averaging 22.5 points per game this season. Her season-high is 38 points against Stroudsburg, and Davis has eclipsed the 30-point mark as many times as she has posted under 20 points (three).

A better stat to illustrate Davis’ game-changing ability: Davis has beaten twice this season entire teams. She did it first against East Stroudsburg North with 26 points in an 80-14 win, then again with 21 points in a 56-19 win over William Allen.

Low opponent totals may say more about West’s impressive defense, which has allowed just 39.3 points per game in its first 11 games, but Davis’ offensive prowess is undeniable.

Davis capitalized on his versatility last season with an improved ability to drive on the right, a skill the left-handed junior continues to develop. She also hit the longball more as a junior, sinking 3-pointers in just about every game.

To keep their spot in contention for a district championship, West’s women’s team will need Davis to maintain their high performance.

Equally important to West’s men’s team is Christian Fermin.

Fermin broke West’s scoring record with 43 points against Pocono Mountain East on Thursday. Fermin also set the program record for field goals with 21 field goals in just 25 attempts.

West Head Boys basketball coach Rich Williams said he found Fermin’s efficiency the most impressive part of the performance.

“People will be like, ‘Well, he’s 6’10,’ so it’s easy ‘-it’s not easy,'” Williams said. teams that double you and triple you.”

One could sum up Fermin’s dominance to his 11-game season averages of 22.3 points, 14.9 rebounds and 5.3 blocks, but even those numbers don’t reflect the whole picture. Fermin will take what he wants on offense when he sees the opportunity, but has also shown the ability to kick out open teammates.

Teammates JuJu Pagan (10.8) and Justin Love (15.7) are both averaging double-digit points, giving Fermin reliable options to turn to when facing defensive swarms.

Fermin will need to improve his free throw to improve his game, however. Already committed to playing Division I basketball for Virginia Commonwealth University, Fermin shot just 52.1% from the free throw line on 73 attempts.

Arguably Fermin’s most notable charity performance was a tough 47-44 loss to William Allen, when he missed four of seven free throw attempts.

Blame can’t rest solely on Fermin’s shoulders for the loss to Allen – just as the wins aren’t solely his doing – but it’s hard not to imagine “what if?” after a three-point loss in which one of the best players in the entire state missed four free throws.

But for now, Fermin has just 10 games left to worry about before reaching the playoffs in his senior year. With West’s sights on the districts, Williams is looking to keep his team focused on grinding out every win.

Performances of the Big Three Girls

  1. Outrank an entire team as Vatijah Davis will never be impressive.

  2. North Junior Chanel Davis dropped a season-high 18 points to rival East Stroudsburg South. Although North lost the game, 31 team points was the Timberwolves’ highest offensive production of the season.

  3. Freshman at Stroudsburg McKayla Strunk scored 13 points in a well-deserved 33-26 win over Pleasant Valley. The Mountaineers have struggled from the start 2-1, but Strunk – the younger sister of 1000 point scorer Emily Strunk – continues to find ways to score.

Performances of the Big Three Boys

  1. by Christian Fermin record 43 points – along with 15 rebounds and eight blocks – against East takes the cake.

  2. by Jarod Moore game-winning shot for PV in the second overtime highlighted a game that saw Donald Francois Jr. score 18 of his 21 points after the start of the fourth quarter. patrick moore also participated in the PV team effort with 20 points.

  3. Junior Leo Kea dropped 21 points for Stroudsburg in a narrow 63-59 win over Pleasant Valley. The Mountaineers and Bears went into halftime tied before Kea scored 14 second-half goals to secure the victory.

Frank Piscani is Sports Life’s multimedia reporter at the Pocono Record. You can email him at fpiscani@gannett.com or find him on social media platforms @frankpiscani.

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