Rubilen Amit denies Chezka Centeno, rules 10-ball event

Published May 21, 2022, 12:35 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Rubilen Amit wrapped up her campaign in the 31st Southeast Asian Games with a double-gold effort after topping Chezka Centeno, 7-5, in the women’s 10-ball final held Saturday, May 21 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Rubilen Amit (PSC-POC Media)

Amit squandered a pair of three-rack leads but showed veteran poise to dethrone Centeno, winner of the 2019 edition, in an all-Filipino title clash at Ha Dong Gymnasium.

The 40-year-old Amit will head home with a pair of golds after ruling the women’s 9-ball singles earlier in the week.

She also bagged her 10th career gold in the regional meet at the expense of Centeno, who settled for silver.

It was the second straight time that Amit beat Centeno in a SEAG final, prevailing in their 2019 clash for the women’s 9-ball gold in Manila.

Amit raced to a 3-0 lead as she capitalized on some mistakes by Centeno, who in the second rack committed a bad shot while going for the 4-ball.

After Centeno cut the margin to 3-2, Amit took the next two racks and could have put herself on the hill early with a 6-2 advantage but she scratched the cue ball after sinking the 7-ball on the corner.

That allowed Centeno to win three straight and tie the score at 5-all, which turned out to be the 22-year-old’s last chance at beating Amit.

Amit would prevail in the 11th rack before easily securing the gold in the succeeding frame.

Centeno gave Amit a hug upon the end of the match, content that the country’s top female cue artists will end up 1-2.

Despite being denied a fifth SEAG gold, the runner-up finish served as a consolation for Centeno after being booted out in the quarterfinals of the women’s 9-ball event.