Christian Rivera finished with a game-high 13 points to lead Pioneer on top of Pool A and clinch the top seed in the Leg 5 quarterfinals of the standalone tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pioneer and Meralco finished with identical 3-1 records, but the team of coach Lester Del Rosario clinched the top spot by virtue of the winner-over-the other rule.
Pioneer will now play Leg 1 winner TNT Tropang Giga for a spot in the semifinals.
TNT whipped guest team Master Sardines for the last quarterfinals slot, 21-7.
Gian Abrigo delivers for Pioneer.
Multiple-leg champion Limitless App topped Pool B with a perfect 3-0 slate and will meet Pool C second seed San Miguel in the next round.
Purefoods TJ Titans secured the No. 1 spot in Pool C likewise via a three-game sweep of its pool assignment to arrange a quarterfinals showdown with Meralco.
The other quarterfinals pairing will have Pool B no. 2 Sista Super Sealers meeting Pool A no. 3 Platinum Karaoke.
Playoff for no. 8
TNT (21) - Vosotros 13, Gozum 4, Javier 3, Flores 1.
Master Sardines (7) - Hernandez 3, Mabayo 2, Mahari 2, Comia 0.
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