Joseph Eriobu took over for the Titans with 14 big points to win the do-or-die game pitting the teams that finished No. 3 in Pools B and C.
Now Eriobu and Co. will be up against the top seeded team Pioneer Pro Tibay in the quarterfinals of leg 2 of the standalone tournament.
Working on a tweaked roster, Pioneer completed a four-game sweep of its pool assignments to emerge the No. 1 team.
Joseph Eriobu and the Purefoods TJ Titans advance.
Other quarterfinal pairings pit Pool B top see Meralco against Barangay Ginebra, Pool C topnotcher Limitless App against Leg 1 winner TNT Tropang Giga, and Platinum against San Miguel Beer.
The Bolts emerged the no. 1 team in Pool B with a perfect 3-0 record. Ditto for Limitless App (3-0) in Pool C.
Sista Super Sealers, Terrafirma, Cavitex, and guest team Master Sardines failed to progress in the next round.