Zambo teen shocks Amit, rules 10-ball | Inquirer Sports

Zambo teen shocks Amit, rules 10-ball

By: - Reporter / @junavINQ
/ 03:25 AM May 24, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Cheska Centeno, only 15, feels like on top of the world billiards scene.

The precocious lass from Zamboanga City pulled off a 9-8 upset win over Rubilen Amit in women’s 10-ball of the PSC-POC Philippine National Games.

Centeno cleared the table for the golden victory after Amit, the reigning world 10-ball titlist, bungled the ninth marble in the right corner pocket during the 17th frame of the finale held at Game Ball inside the Philippine Center for Sports Medicine.

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Centeno’s father, Albert, said they were about to go home after a bronze-medal finish in the 9-ball event but his daughter persisted in a determined bid to get back at the favorites.

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Amit took the gold medal in the 9-ball and 2011 Southeast Asian Games double-gold medalist Irish Rañola settled for silver.

“I just told her to take care of the ball and not think about her opponents,” said Albert, who owns a farm and four billiard halls in Zamboanga City where Centeno honed her skills at a young age.

With nerves of steel, Centeno swept her way to the finals where she met Amit with a twice-to-beat advantage. Amit won the first match, 9-7, to force the winner-take-all.

At Rizal Memorial tennis center, Patrick John Tierro and Maryann Jade Capadocia ruled the lawn tennis singles.

Tierro defeated Alberto Lim, 6-4, 6-3, for the men’s title while Capadocia frustrated Khim Iglupas, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, in the distaff side.

Tierro bagged a second gold in men’s doubles after pairing with Mark Reyes in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Johnny Arcilla and Ralph Barte.

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Over at Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Philippine Air Force captured the twin volleyball titles with a 25-19, 26-28, 25-20, 25-11 win over National U in the men’s side and a come-from-behind 25-22, 26-28, 20-25, 26-24, 15-7 victory over La Salle in the women’s division.

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In shooting, Emerito Concepcion fired 584 points to nip Edwin Fernandez for the men’s 50m rifle prone title.

TAGS: Billiards, Cheska Centeno, PSC-POC Philippine National Games, Rubilen Amit

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