CENTRO Escolar University got its act together late to hammer Marinerong Pilipino, 93-76, and stayed unbeaten in six games in the 2019 PBA D-League on Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
Senegalese center Maodo Malick Diouf scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Scorpions outscored the Skippers in the period, 35-19.
He also collected 19 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the victory as CEU stayed at the helm of the Foundation Group.
Keanu Caballero turned in 17 points and six assists, Tyron Chan poured 15 and Judel Fuentes, wound up with 14 points for the Scorpions.
"We just got to be ready for every situation. Marinero was able to catch up and get the lead, but we're able to regroup, kept our poise, and played defense. That's what has been keeping us to where we are," said coach Derrick Pumaren.
Anton Asistio sparked a third quarter rally by the Skippers, who took a brief 57-56 lead late in the period before the Scorpions blew the game wide open.
The former Ateneo guard mustered 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists to anchor Marinerong Pilipino (3-3).
Kib Montalbo chipped in 16 points while Santi Santillan just missed out on a double-double with 11 points and eight boards in the defeat.
CEU 93 -- Diouf 22, Ke. Caballero 17, Chan 15, Fuentes 14, Lisbo 11, Abastillas 6, Formento 4, Uri 3, Rojas 1, Diaz 0, David 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 76 -- Asistio 17, Montalbo 16, Santillan 11, Victoria 8, Reyes 8, Apreku 6, M. Aquino 3, Bunag 3, Garcia 2, Bonifacio 2, A. Aquino 0, Wamar 0, Gamboa 0, Mendoza 0.
Quarters: 23-20, 40-34, 58-57, 93-76.