Centeno rallies to stun Amit for 2nd straight SEA Games gold

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 27 2017 04:25 PM | Updated as of Aug 27 2017 04:39 PM

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Chezka Centeno secured her second straight Southeast Asian Games gold in stunning fashion, rallying past veteran teammate Rubilen Amit in the finals of the women's 9-ball singles on Sunday afternoon at KLCC's Hall 4.

With gold and silver already secured for the Philippines, Amit and Centeno engaged in a see-saw battle that saw the younger cue artist rally from a 0-3 deficit and again at 2-5 to take a 6-5 advantage.

But Amit was able to recover, tying it at 6-6 before nearly clearing up the final rack.

In an unexpected twist, however, disaster struck for Amit as she scratched with just two balls left, giving Centeno the opening she needed to clean up the final two balls.

"Hindi ko po inakala," Centeno said after her hard-earned 7-6 win. "Akala ko po talaga talo na ako."

A crestfallen Amit took some time to replay the shot that cost her the gold medal, but stressed that Centeno fully deserved her triumph.

"Dadamdamin ko lang ito ngayong araw," said Amit, who appeared poised to nail the win after dominating the first three racks.

This is the second straight SEA Games that Centeno and Amit had finished 1-2 in the women's 9-ball singles event.

Centeno's gold was only the 19th for the Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian Gamea, a far cry from the 50 mints predicted by sports officials.

The Philippines has another chance for gold in billiards with Carlo Biado competing in the men's 9-ball singles finals later on Sunday.

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