Joseph Manlangit tallied 15 points and Art Aquino added eight, including the game-tying basket in the paint with 20.6 ticks remaining.
Rod Ebondo scored with 1.1 second remaining and Centro Escolar University escaped with a 77-75 decision against Jose Rizal University Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at Pasig Sports Center.
Ebondo was stellar all game long, finishing with a game-high 33 points and 15 rebounds as the Scorpions weathered a tough challenge from the upset-conscious Heavy Bombers.
"We're just lucky na pumasok yung tira ni Rodrigue," said coach Yong Garcia afterwards.
Before knocking down the game winning shot, Ebondo blocked a shot by Jeckster Apinan in the last 15 seconds.
It was the second straight win for the Scorpions, who improved to 5-1 card and bolster their chances for an outright passage in the semi-finals.
Kris Porter went 5-of-9 from the behind the arc and finished with a team-high 21 points for the Heavy Bombers, who took a 75-73 lead on Apinan's basket with 46.1 second left.
It was the sixth straight defeat against a lone win for the Heavy Bombers, who joined idle Batangas-EAC at the cellar.
CEU 77 -- Ebondo 33, Manlangit 15, Aquino 8, Chan 7, Veron 7, Caballero 5, Wamar 2, Arim 0, Cruz 0, Guinitaran 0, Fuentes 0.
JRU 75 -- Porter 21, Pontejos 14, Grospe 10, Apinan 8, De Guzman 7, Dela Virgen 7, Esguerra 4, Mendoza 4, Sawat 0, Yu 0.
Quarters: 16-17, 38-39, 58-64, 77-75.