Pedro Alfaro III was getting tired.
Also known as Peter among his friends, he’s been playing for 18 minutes in Game 2 of the junior finals.
That afternoon, his efforts was among those that proved to be among the turning points in the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball wars.
(Peter Alfaro tries to drive past Mapua defender Brian Samudio).
And that was on Oct. 11, Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
His time on the floor was beyond his average of 14.7 minutes in the 18 games that he has seen action throughout the season.
But, things turned around when top Mapua Red Robins scorer Romuel Junsay fouled him with 6.5 seconds to go.
(The Red Lions celebrate their Game 2 victory).
The 5’11 shooting guard from Zamboanga has a 51.39 percent clip from his field goals.
His 18 of 29 free throw shooting is 62.1 percent overall for this season.
He first made the sign of the cross, and shot one of two charity attempts in the next instant.
(Members of the Mapua Red Robins are in an emotional moment after the game).
This lifted the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs to an 81-78 triumph over the Mapua Red Robins.
This put them in a deciding Game Three in their best-of-three series this Friday at 2 p.m.
“Medyo may fatigue na ako. Pero, kaya pa,” said the 17-year old Alfaro minutes after the game.
(Carlo Obenza of SanBeda (3) guards Mapua’s Romuel Junsay, while Evan Nelle(10) watches).
In that game, rookie Carlo Obenza hit a gamehigh 19 points for the Red Cubs.
“Sobrang muntikan na. Buti na lang, naka-recover kami sa seven-point deficit,” said Red Cubs coach JB Sison.
The Red Cubs, who rallied from seven points down in the last five minutes, forced a 77-all deadlock in the last 1:46.
(Robi Nayve (7) of San Beda guards a dribbling Jeonel Ramos of the Mapua Red Robins), while Evan Nelle (10) runs behind).
This was after Germy Mahinay drove past Jasper Salenga, and off Josh Tagala’s pass.
But the Red Robins still managed to stay in front for the last time.
They took a one-point lead, 78-77, off Salenga’s freebie after Mahinay fouled him in the last 1:12.
(Germy Mahinay in a rebound play with Mapua’s Will Gozum).
Obenza then pushed the Red Cubs ahead.
His drive off his steal from Brian Lacap put them up, 79-78.
And as the Red Robins fell into foul trouble, Tagala and Alfaro sank their gift shots in the remaining 8.4 and 6.5 seconds.
(Evan Nelle reacts after he pass the ball past his defender, Brian Samudio).
Romuel Junsay shot a gamehigh 23 points, and tried to help Will Gozum make a winning shot in thend.
But Gozum’s triple did not go in when the buzzer sounded.
Junsay banged in eight points in the second period.
(Josh Tagala (5) barrels his way past Mapua’s Jasper Salenga).
This helped the Red Robins widened an 18-16 lead with a 10-0 run that it sparked.
The 5’11 Junsay capped that run with a triple in the last 2:22.
This handed the Red Robins an 11-point spread, 39-28.
Sam Abu Hijle (16) and Addie Velasquez(6) gets in front of Mapua ballhandler Brian Samudio) while teammate Brian Lacap (behind)prepares for anything
The Robins, who took the series opener, 83-64, Thursday.
They appeared headed at grabbing the title when the Red Robins led 41-33 at the half.