CENTRO Escolar University handed Hazchem a 50-point humilation, 126-76, to seal a top two spot in Group B of the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Seven Scorpions finished in double-figures in the win that improved their card to 5-0, with Senegalese slotman Malick Diouf on top with 19 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks.
Dave Bernabe also produced 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, Kyle Sunga made 17 points, five assists and four boards, while Franz Diaz had 14 points.
Bling Murillo scored 12 and Jerome Santos added 10 as CEU clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
"That's what we're looking for: the top two and having the twice-to-beat advantage," coach Derrick Pumaren said.
The Scorpions opened the match with 11 straight points and finished the first quarter with a 14-3 blitz for a 32-15 advantage to make it a one-sided affair all the way.
CEU led by as many as 53 points, 124-71, after a Bernabe slam with 1:24 remaining in the game as it cruised to victory win even without Rich Guinitaran due to flu-like symptoms.
This sets the Scorpions up for a battle for the lead on Sept. 9 against fellow group leader Marinerong Pilipino.
Raymark Matias had 17 points to lead Hazchem, which absorbed its fourth straight loss and dropped to 1-4.
CEU 126 - Diouf 19, Bernabe 19, Sunga 17, Diaz 14, Tuadles 13, Murillo 12, Santos 10, Tagal 7, Abastillas 6, Escalona 5, De Ocampo 4.
Hazchem 76 - Matias 14, Moraga 11, Glorioso 9, Ynion 8, Elmejrab 7, Trinidad 7, Adviento 5, Caparida 4, Arellano 3, Mendez 3, Acain 2, Daguplo 0, Serrano 0.
Quarterscores: 32-15; 60-26; 90-51; 126-76.