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SEA Games: Rubilen Amit wins 9-ball gold

By Kristel Satumbaga

Rubilen Amit edged Chezka Centeno 7-3 on Sunday night to capture the women’s 9-ball singles gold medal in billiards at the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Manila Hotel Tent.

Rubilen Amit wins agairst Chezka Centeno during rematch for the women's 9-ball gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games held at Tent City of the Manila Hotel last night. (dec.7,2019) (photo by Manny Llanes).

Rubilen Amit edges Chezka Centeno 7-3 on Sunday to capture the women’s 9-ball singles gold (Manny Llanes)

Amit recovered from a dry break in the opening rack and controlled the game throughout in a rematch of the 2017 Kuala Lumpur edition finals where Centeno won the gold medal.

Revenge, however, was not in the mind of Amit as she used this match for her preparation for the World Women’s 9-Ball Championship scheduled next week in Hainan, China.

“Kasi kung SEA Games, Philippines-Philippines na eh, so medyo pwedeng bumaba yung killer instinct. So inisip ko na lang na yung laban na to, pang world championship na,”

“I’m very happy naman with my performance.”

Amit lauded Centeno’s aggressiveness, particularly her pocketing skills.

“Any time of the day, di talaga ako mananalo sa pocketing nya. Her confidence was there,” the 38-year-old Cebuana said.

Amit and Centeno also battled in the 10-ball finals on Saturday, with the latter clinching the gold medal.

Amit’s victory came a few hours after she and Centeno teamed up in beating Vutthiphan Kongkaket and Sasiwimon Wannaprathip, 7-6, for a semifinal berth in the 9-ball doubles.

They next face Angeline Ticoalu and Silviana Lu of Indonesia on Monday.

Earlier, Dennis Orcollo survived a scare in beating Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp, 9-7, to advance to the men’s 10-ball singles final.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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