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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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Biado Bows Out of Singapore Asian 9-Ball Open Tilt; Aranas, Bongay, Chua, Raga Advance

Anthony Raga (Photo courtesy Francis Lumahan)

Carlo Biado‘s campaign in the 2022 APF (Asian Pool Federation Ltd) Asian 9-Ball Open came to an end Saturday, August 27 after suffering a Round-of-32 loss.

The 38-pool campaigner from Muntinlupa City was beaten by Vietnam’s Luong Duc Thien, 10-11, at the Aspire Recreation Centre in Singapore. However, James “Dodong Diamond” Aranas, Lauro Bongay , Johann Chua and Anthony Raga cruised into the quarterfinals.

Aranas, the pride of Bacoor, Cavite, defeated countryman Demosthenes  “Plong Plong” Pulpul of Davao City, 11-6, in the Round-of-32 and Duong Quoc Hong of Vietnam, 11-9, in the Round-of-16 to arranged a quarter-final showdown with countryman Lauro Bongay, who brought down Ibrahim Bin Amin of Malaysia, 11-4, and Lo Ho Sum of Hongkong , 11-8, respectively.

The Taguig City resident Chua, on the other hand, dismantled Sharik Aslam Sayed of Singapore, 11-2, and another Pinoy bet Jeffrey “The Bull” de luna, 11-8, to meet Robbie Capito of Hongkong in the last 8.

The Cebu City native Raga for his part subdued Desmond Goh of Singapore,  11-9, and Dang Thanh Kien of Vietnam, 11-4, in order to slug it out with Naoyuki Oi of Japan in the next round.

Kyle Amoroto of Cainta, Rizal, meantime lost to Tat Duy Kien of Vietnam, 6-11, in the Round-of-32.-Marlon Bernardino-
Anthony Raga on his winning shot.

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