R.J. Davis helps lead Archbishop Stepinac to the CHSAA Finals with a 33 point performance – The sophomore standout talks with HG Insider

Class of 2020 point guard R.J. Davis from Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) continued his big sophomore season with a 33 point performance in a 88-84 win over Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) in the CHSAA Semifinals. Davis scored at will at points, but also did a good job deferring to teammates when needed. Stepinac Head Coach Pat Massaroni gives Davis a lot of responsibility on the floor. The sophomore standout is honored to see how much his team trusts him.

“It’s an honor to take on a leadership role and have coaches and players trust me,” Davis said. “For them to have that type of confidence in me means a lot. I believe I’m poised and make good decisions on the court. I know it may seem like a difficult job for a sophomore but I like facing pressure because it motivates me. I want to keep pushing myself and my teammates to become the player that I know I can be.”

Throughout this playoff run, it is becoming more apparent that Davis plays with a chip on his shoulder. He works toward giving full effort whenever on the floor.

“Whenever I step onto the floor, I have a winning mentality,” he said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team win whether it’s diving for loose balls, making the right pass, taking a charge or anything else. I hold my self-accountable for doing my best no matter whom I’m playing.”

The Archbishop Stepinac coaching staff has instilled a certain mindset with their group of players, which explains why they have such great chemistry.

“One of the things that drives us as a team and has helped us win games is that we’ve been focusing on ‘we over me’ which means we are willing to sacrifice what you want for what’s good for the team,” he said. “When we play together we’re unstoppable and if we continue on this path we can definitely get to the state tournament.”

Next for Davis and his team is the CHSAA Championship Game against Christ the King this Sunday. Davis spoke on what it would mean for their program to win it all.

“I want to win a CHSAA championship as it would open people’s eyes and people would start to realize who Archbishop Stepinac is and what we’re about,” Davis said. “It would end the drought and bring joy to the program. Attraction and attention would definitely start to become a factor toward Archbishop Stepinac basketball because of the unbelievable run we are having this year. To go from winning the Torrey Pines Invitational to winning the Archdiocese title and then potentially the CHSAA championship. That would be history.”

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