Chezka Centeno rules Asian Women’s 9-Ball; James Aranas finishes second

Chezka Centeno (Photo courtesy Asian Pool Federation)

Veteran internationalist Chezka Centeno is once again at the top of her game after winning the recently concluded 2022 APF (Asian Pool Federation Ltd) Asian Women’s 9-Ball tour at the Aspire Recreation Centre in Singapore, Sunday night.

Centeno showed her never say die spirit by outclassing Seo Seoa of Korea, 11-7, in the finals to win the championship trophy.

A marvelous comeback from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Seo Seoa to take the Asian crown during the inaugural staging of the tournament.

The Zamboanga native also survived from a couple of misses late in the contest. She came from through the losers’ bracket. After dropping a 7-6 decision against Jessica Tan of Singapore, Centeno booked her ticket to the knockout stage with wins over Fathrah Masum of Indonesia, 7-1, and Lee Woojin of Korea, 7-3.

Having already qualified for next months Predator World 10-Ball Championship, Centeno was not in the running for the spot that was offered to the top finisher of this event. That spot went to Seoa for her second place finish.

In the men’s section, James “Dodong Diamond” Aranas of Bacoor, Cavite grabbed the runner-up honors.

Aranas bowed to Ko Pin Yi of Chinese-Taipei, 11-13, in their recently-concluded championship match.

Aranas, earlier dismantled Duong Quoc Hong of Vietnam, 11-9, in the Round-of-32, Demosthenes  “Plong-Plong” Pul-Pul, 11-16, in the Round-of-16 before eking out an 11-2 victory over compatriot Lauro Bongay in the Round-of-8.

In the semifinals, Aranas escaped past Japan’s Naoyuki Oi, 11-6, to arrange a titular showdown with Ko who also beat Filipino Johann Chua, 11-2.
Ko also eliminated another Pinoy tumbok king Anthony Raga in the quarter-finals.

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