Chezka Centeno reasserted her mastery over compatriot Rubilen Amit with a convincing 7-3 win in the final of the women's 10 ball singles of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Manila Hotel Tent.
Displaying near-flawless potting combined with a solid break, Centeno took the first two racks and never looked back as Amit, the former two-time world 10 ball champion, struggled with dry break after dry break.
The 20-year-old Centeno reached the hill at 6-1 before Amit fought back by taking the next two racks to cut the deficit to three. But Centeno wouldn't be denied, and Amit herself conceded just before the final 10 ball was about to be pocketed by throwing a towel onto the table.
"I was just lucky because she didn't have a good break," the soft-spoken Centeno said in Filipino.
Amit agreed as she rued the fact that her break was nowhere to be found during the all-important match. "We all saw she was break and run. I didn't have my break. It was very obvious in this tournament and in this match that my break couldn't get going. It was always dry. Chezka's breaks were open."
It marked the third consecutive SEA Games final victory for Centeno over Amit after besting her in the 9 ball singles final in 2015 and 2017. Interestingly, the two will meet in the 9 ball singles final for the third straight time on Saturday after both players breezed through their semifinal matches earlier in the day.
Amit is hopeful she can finally get one over her friend and rival, but she knows what she's up against.
"I hope it's a better match as compared to today. Chezka is just so good. Her offense is so good. We'll see tomorrow."
The duo also teamed up for the first time in a SEAG tournament at the start of the day, beating Bui Xuan Van and Doan Thi Ngoc Le of Vietnam, 7-4, in women's 9 ball pool doubles. But the other women's pair was not as lucky as Iris Rañola and Floriza Andal fell to Lim Siew Boon and Wong Poi Sei of Malaysia, 5-7.
On the men's side, Carlo Biado continued his dismal SEA Games campaign, crashing out of the men's 10 ball singles following a 2-9 loss to Ismail Kadir of Indonesia in the quarterfinals. Biado also got the boot in men's 9 ball doubles where he and Johann Chua were ousted in the semifinals.
Dennis Orcollo moved on to the quarterfinals of men's 9 ball singles following a 9-0 shutout of Indonesia' Sahroni, but Arvin Barbero lost to Siththideth Sakbieng of Lao, 4-0 in their men's snooker singles round of 16 game.