CAA: Prime Time for Pellot-Rosa

By David Scott - March 05, 2007

RICHMOND - One of the more incredible stories to emerge from the semifinals was the play of VCU's senior guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa who was only able to play eight minutes in Saturday's win against Georgia State due to a sprained right arch.

Pellot-Rosa, a former football player in high school and prep school (Fork Union Military Academy), took an injection right into the arch prior to Sunday's game against Drexel and proceeded to score 16 points, including 4 of 4 from 3-point land, in 31 minutes of play. His presence and clutch shooting was key in the Rams' win over the Dragons.

"(He) made some tough shots, some big shots, some big step backs with guys on top of him," said Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, who has developed a great relationship with the Richmond native. "I knew he was playing (on Saunday). He's a tough kid. He was a football player and you all know how that is, football players play through injuries, not basketball players so much."

Pellot-Rosa said his coach, Anthony Grant, had experienced the same injury during his playing days and that the pain comes when he ever he jumps or puts pressure on the arch. Post-game, he had an ice wrap on the arch.

"I knew I was going to play on Saturday, but at shootaround on Sunday I was in pain, I couldn't even move that's when I got the injection," said Pellot-Rosa. "I have to say I still have that football mentality. When you play football that makes you tougher for basketball."

Flint and Pellot-Rosa developed their friendly rivalry over the past four years, beginning with a game during his freshman year when he beat Drexel on a late lay-up.

"Brusier's my man," said Pellot-Rosa. "He's a real good guy. He' s been messing with me ever since I was a frehsman and I hit a game-winning lay-up against them. He's a real good guy and real good coach. I relaly like his style of coaching he really gets after his players. he's real honest with his players. But he's ben messing with me ever since that first year."

"Jesse let me have it (on Sunday), he was on fire," said Flint. "I told him after I was happy for him."

But Pellot-Rosa isn't quite ready to be happy for himself yet. He still thinks VCU needs to win tonight.

"Oh, noooooo, we're not in yet," said Pellot-Rosa before gingerly putting on his scok over the injured arch. "We've gotta win Monday night, They're not going to give us nothing now. We've got to go out there and take it."

Posted by David Scott at 05:58 PM on March 05, 2007

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