Rubilen Amit admits slip-up in SEAG 9-ball title match a heartbreaker but ready to move on
Rubilen Amit says Chezka Centeno deserved the win but admitted it was a heartbreaking loss. Jerome Ascano

KUALA LUMPUR - Rubilen Amit could not hide her disappointment despite falling to fellow Filipina Chezka Centeno in the gold medal match of the women’s 9-ball tournament in the Southeast Asian Games here.

Amit, 35, was on her way to reclaiming the gold in women's 9-ball with three balls remaining in the 13th rack. But after converting the six-ball in the side pocket, the cue ball went straight to the corner pocket for a scratch.

The 18-year-old Centeno went on to clean the table to win the gold.

"It felt like a gold," said Amit. "Talagang heartbreaker. Sabi ko nga, 'Lord, matatalo na nga ako, sakit pa.'"

Amit admitted being tentative to take her shot at the six to the corner pocket that would need the cue ball to go across table for the preparation on the final two balls.

"Napasigaw ako kasi kahit ulitin ko 'yun at sadyain kong pumasok 'yung cue ball sa side, hindi ko magagawa 'yun kasi very unlikely lang for me," said Amit.

Amit was ahead, 5-2, before Centeno's comeback.

"Ang sakit kasi I felt good about the game," she added. "Deserving naman siya kasi she came back from 5-2. She played well. She played steady. Pero hindi ko madedeny na I'm disappointed with the turnout kasi parang akin na."

"Sabi ng teammates ko, ang malas ko daw. They hugged me and said, malas lang. What can I do. Eto 'yung laro natin. But I'll recover and train again," Amit said.

Amit now sets her sights on the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games which is set late September in Turkmenistan.

Despite the heartbreaker, Amit found humor in her defeat.

"Di bale, pag-uwi ko ng Pilipinas, papakulayan ko ng gold 'yung medal," said Amit.

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