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PBA 3×3: Christian Rivera torches Meralco as Pioneer tops Pool A

Pioneer foiled Meralco’s sweep bid by way of a 20-16 decision to emerge as the top seed of Pool A heading into the PBA 3×3 Second Conference Leg 5 quarterfinals, Sunday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Christian Rivera starred for the Pro Tibay with 13 points and six rebounds as the guest team clinched the top spot for the second time in the conference, or since sweeping Pool A back in the second leg last March 5.

Carlo De Chavez had three points, while Gian Abrigo and Robin Rono scored two apiece to help the team finish the stage with a 3-1 record.

Pioneer will face TNT in the quarterfinals. The Tropang Giga stamped their class on Master Sardines, 21-7, in the playoff for the last QF ticket.

Tonino Gonzaga, meanwhile, led the Leg 4 champions with eight points in the loss, which dropped them to the second spot also with a 3-1 card. Nonetheless, they’re still headed to the quarters and will battle Purefoods.

The Tender Juicy Titans locked the no. 1 seed in Pool C following a 21-10 obliteration of Terrafirma (1-2) earlier in the day.

Joseph Eriobu once again led the attack with nine points. Jed Mendoza made five points, as Val Acuna and Jun Bonsubre combined for seven for Purefoods, who had never swept a pool stage in this conference until now.

Emerging as the leader of Pool B, on the other hand, was Limitless. The reigning grand champions swept the group after sending Barangay Ginebra home winless through a dominant 21-9 conquest.

Jorey Napoles led the Appmasters with 10 points. Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser combined for nine, while Marvin Hayes chimed in two.

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Limitless will face San Miguel in the quarters. The Beermen beat TNT, 21-16, and claimed the 2-seed in Pool C for having the superior quotient with 56 points in a three-way tie at 1-2 with the Tropang Giga (52) and Terrafirma (44).

The quarterfinal wars will also see Sista take on Platinum Karaoke. The Super Sealers placed second in Pool B after beating Master, while the guest team salvaged the third spot in Pool A by dislodging CAVITEX.

The scores:

First game
Platinum Karaoke 18 – Banal 7, Monteclaro 6, De Chavez 3, Andrada 2.
CAVITEX 17 – Rivero 10, Fajardo 5, Reyes 1, Fonacier 1.

Second game
Purefoods 21 Eriobu 9, Mendoza 5, Acuna 4, Bonsubre 3.
Terrafirma 10 – Taladua 4, Bulawan 2, Tumalip 2, Reverente 2.

Third game
Sista 19 – Jamon 8, Mocon 7, Gabawan 2, Manlangit 2.
Master Sardines 17 – Hernandez 6, Comia 4, Mabayo 4, Mahari 3.

Fourth game
Pioneer Pro Tibay 20 – Rivera 13, De Chavez 3, Abrigo 2, Rono 2.
Meralco 16 – Gonzaga 8, Maiquez 5, Sedurifa 2, Sabellina 1.

Fifth game
Limitless 21 – Napoles 10, Rosser 5, Caduyac 4, Hayes 2.
Ginebra 9 – Serrano 8, David 1, Go, 0, Villamor 0.

Sixth game
San Miguel 21 – Bono 13, Manday 4, Rogado 3, Vigil 1.
TNT 16 – Javier 7, Vosotros 6, Gozum 2, Flores 1.

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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