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Amit-Centeno pockets 9-ball doubles gold



RUBILEN Amit (left) and Chezka Centeno were simply a cut above the rest in SEAG 9-Ball competitions. Photo by Yummie Dingding

Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno asserted their dominance in the women’s field as they blanked Indonesia’s Fathrah Masum and Nony Andilah, 7-0, in the 9-ball doubles finals to bring home another billiards gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the Manila Hotel tent.

The victory fell easily into their laps as Amit and Centeno played a near-perfect game and capitalized on their opponents’ misses to sweep all seven racks.

NO SWEAT. The homegrown duo was all smiles as they were never threatened. Photo by Yummie Dingding

Maganda yung naging laban na may halong swerte pa, I think may two or three kami na misses na hindi rin binigay sa kalaban kaya natuwa ako kasi wala masyadong pressure,” Amit said.

Centeno echoed Amit’s sentiments. “Swerte rin kami kasi kahit maganda break nila, sablay din yung mga kalaban namin,” she said.

Amit made it clear they were en route to the win in the sixth rack as a combination shot on the #4 and #9 balls sent the home crowd cheering for the pair, who swept all the women’s billiards gold medals in the biennial meet.

THE Indons took the defeat as part of the learning process. Photo by Yummie Dingding

Coming into the game, their confidence was apparent as both already held one gold and one silver medal apiece.

Centeno topped the 10-ball singles and Amit bagged the gold in the 9-ball singles.

Amit said the win serves as a good preparation and an added boost to their morale as they are set to compete in the 9-ball World Championships in the next few days.

SARGO! Tribune photo editor Yummie Dingding finds time for an artistic shot of her own.