CHEZKA Centeno once again got the victory at the expense of Rubilen Amit in Southeast Asian Games billiards by ruling the women’s 10-ball singles, 7-3, on Saturday at the Manila Hotel Tent.
Centeno’s offensive game was near perfect, scoring on break and run outs to score a lopsided win over compatriot who she has beaten in SEA Games competition for the third time.
This time though, Centeno won it in 10-ball which is being held in the SEA Games for the first time.
“Sobrang saya po na nag-gold po uli ako,” said the soft-spoken Centeno. “Suwerte lang po ako kasi wala siyang break.”
Centeno raced to a 6-1 lead in the alternate-break, call-shot format 10-ball tournament, which Amit couldn’t recover from. With only the 10-ball to shoot in the 10th rack, Amit conceded the match and hugged Centeno, who won the 9-ball singles in two previous SEA Games at her expense.
“Ang galing. Mapapanood naman natin na break and run siya. Ako walang break eh. Sa 10-ball kasi, wala akong break and it was very obvious in this match na talagang laging dry ang break ko tapos si Chezka, laging open, ubos ng ubos, said Amit.
“Natulog siya sa kuwarto ko, dapat hindi ko na pinalabas pala,” said Amit in jest. “I could have done better in my break. ‘Yun lang ‘yung naging time ko to prepare.”
The 10-ball singles final capped an interesting day for the two standard bearers of women’s billiards in the country.
After competing in 10-ball, Centeno and Amit teamed up in the 9-ball doubles and beat Bui Xuan Vang and Doan Thi Ngoc Le of Vietnam, 7-4, to start the billiards competition in the morning.
They again arranged an all-Pinay final in the 9-ball singles as Centeno won over Jessica Tan Hui Ming of Singapore, 7-1, and Amit beat Kongkaket Vutthiphan of Thailand, 7-2.