Amit defends SEA Games 9-ball crown; Roda settles for snooker silver

    MANILA, Philippines — Cue artists Rubilen Amit and Jefrey Roda contributed a gold and silver medal for the Philippines in the women’s 9-ball pool singles and men’s snooker 6-red singles, respectively, in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday.

    Amit, a seven-time SEA Games gold medalist, mounted an early 3-0 lead against Jessica Tan of Singapore.

    But Tan answered right back by taking two consecutive racks to lessen the gap, 3-2.

    Not risking her chance for a back-to-back gold, Amit calculated her shots and did not give her opponent a chance, taking five racks in quick succession to finish her off, 7-2.

    Roda, on the other hand, had a different fate.

    He and opponent Kok Leong Lim of Malaysia traded racks, 3-3, but a sweep by the Malaysian on the fourth rack — resulting in a 0-43 score — gave Lim the advantage and momentum to eventually take the match, 3- 5.

    Though Roda missed out on the gold, he improved from his bronze medal finish in the 2019 Games in Manila.

    Carlo Biado and Johann Chua will ensure the Philippines of a 1-2 finish as they face off in the men’s 9-ball pool singles final on Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco Dela Cruz, who are already assured of a bronze, will again see action in the men’s 1-cushion carom singles semis.

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