Centro Escolar University showed its poise in the end game to clip Marinerong Pilipino-TIP, 97-79,Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Jackson paced Marinerong Pilipino-TIP with 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists, as Robbie Manalang and Franky Johnson both had 14.
Orlan Wamar exploded for 14 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 31, to go with five rebounds and three assists as the Scorpions held off the Skippers.
Pierce Chan also added 19 points and two boards, while Gilles Oloume tallied a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds to nab back-to-back wins.
CEU led by as much as 19 points when Trevis Jackson picked up his rhythm and rallied Marinerong Pilipino-TIP in the the fourth quarter. The Skippers trimmed the gap to 66-60, with 8:47 left, before Judel Fuentes and Jordan Intic scored five straight to quickly bring the lead back to 11, 71-60.
"We know the importance of this game. We can't afford to lose this ballgame and we just came out with double effort, especially on defense. We made them work for every point and we hung tough," said coach Derrick Pumaren.
The Skippers dropped to their second straight defeat to fall to 2-3.
CEU 97 -- Wamar 31, Chan 19, Oloume 16, Fuentes 8, Guinitaran 7, Ke. Caballero 6, Ko. Caballero 6, Intic 2, Rojas 2, Formento 0, Uri 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO-TIP 79 -- Jackson 20, Johnson 14, Manalang 14, Tratter 12, Napoles 9, Medina 4, Gomez de Lia?o 2, Prado 2, Thiele 2, Matignas 0, I. Santos 0.
Quarters: 30-18, 48-33, 64-52, 97-79.