Chezka Centeno got off to a hot start before putting up the finishing touches to beat Rubilen Amit in an all-Filipino final to claim the women’s 10-ball singles gold of the billiards competitions of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Manila Hotel Tent on Saturday.
Centeno blitzed to a 6-1 lead and while Amit stopped the bleeding with back-to-back wins in the eighth and ninth rack, the former went for it in the 10th rack to cop the gold in a 10-ball finals that was played in the SEA Games for the first time.
This latest finals’ victory was Centeno’s third straight over Amit as the former won golds in the 9-ball singles in the last two editions of the biennial meet at the latter’s expense.
As Centeno was magnanimous in her win over Amit, the two were all business in the women’s 9-ball doubles Saturday morning as they posted a 7-4 decision over Bui Xuan Vang and Doan Thi Ngoc Le of Vietnam to boost their chances of landing another gold for the hosts.
In the women’s 9-ball singles, Centeno dominated Jessica Tan Hui Ming of Singapore, 7-1, while Amit posted a 7-2 decision over Kongkaket Vutthiphan of Thailand to assure the Philippines of yet another gold.
Iris Rañola and Andal Floriza were not as lucky, as they took a 5-7 loss to Lim Siew Boon and Wong Poi Sei of Malaysia in their women’s 9-ball pool doubles last 12 encounter.
Meanwhile, Francisco dela Cruz absorbed a 55-100 defeat to Pham Canh Phuc in their semifinals match in the men’s 1-cushion carom event.
Carlo Biado crashed out in the men’s 10-Ball singles quarterfinals, as he took a 2-9 loss to Kadir Ismail of Indonesia.
In snooker, Avin Barbero could not keep up with Sakbieng Siththideth of Laos as he lost, 0-4, in their men’s singles last 16 match.