15-year old Centeno edges Amit to grab 9-ball singles gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 09, 2015 04:03 PM
The 15-year-old Zamboanga City lass would not be denied as she won three of the last four racks for the gold medal.
SINGAPORE – Chezka Centeno humbled fancied teammate Rubilen Amit, 7-5, to clinch the women’s 9-ball title in the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games at the OCBC Arena here on Tuesday.
Ranged against Amit, a former world 9-ball and 10-ball champion, Centeno showed precocious nerves of steel in turning back her veteran rival, who grilmly scrambled back from a 0-3 deficit to knot the score at 4-all.
But the 15-year-old Zamboanga City lass would not be denied, winning three of the last four racks, sinking the 9-ball in the right corner pocket on the 12th frame to secure the title on her maiden SEAG appearance on top being the country’s youngest ever winner in the sport’s regional meet.
Amit, who was the women’s 10-ball champion at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games,had to settle for silver this time after being frustrated in her comeback to her young and talented teammate.
“Masaya po ako at nanalo,” said the elfin-looking Centeno, who grabbed the Asian Pockets Billiards Union 9-ball junior crown in Taiwan last August, after clinching the only medal event up for grabs in women’s billiards.
Centeno’s conquest was a strong follow-up to the Filipino cue aces, who pocketed their first gold medal through Warren Kiamco and Carlo Biado in the men’s 9-ball doubles last Sunday.