CENTRO Escolar University defeated Racal, 88-77, to complete the PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoff picture on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Scorpions kicked into high gear late on the way to clinching their sixth victory in 10 matches that also ousted idle Wangs Basketball (5-5).
JK Casino hit two key triples down the stretch, the last of which gave the Scorpions an 80-70 lead with four minutes and three second left in the game.
Things went downhill for Racal from there as the Alibaba capped a frustrating conference with a 3-7 record.
Rod Ebondo spearheaded CEU's attack with 22 points and 19 rebounds.
Art Aquino scored 12, while Casino contributed 11 points off the bench.
"I'm very thankful sa players, they followed our gameplan ng maayos offense and defense," said CEU coach Yong Garcia.
"Sabi ko na lang ito ang chance nyo na ma-experience yung pressure sa playoffs para makatulong."
Rian Ayonayon and Allan Mangahas paced Racal with 12 and 10 markers, respectively.
CEU 88 - Ebondo 22, Aquino 12, Wamar 12, Casiño 11, Guinitaran 9, Jeruta 8, Uri 6, Cruz 4, Arim 2, Manlangit 2, Baconcon 0, Intic 0.
RACAL 77 - Ayonayon 12, Mangahas 10, Apreku 9, Cabrera 9, Cortes 9, Ortuoste 8, Pontejos 6, Tallo 5, Capacio 4, Lozada 3, Faundo 2, Gomez 0, Grimaldo 0.
Quarterscores: 21-23, 41-44, 63-58, 88-77.