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Turkey: Bursa inflict 3rd defeat in a row to Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe record 13th successive victory

Galatasaray HDI Sigorta ruined their own amazing first half of the season in the Turkish 2019/20 AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi regular season by suffering the 3rd defeat in a row.
In the first half of the season, they fought for the top spot in the standings but the performance they are showing in the 2nd half of the season reduced their chances to claim it to zero. In fact, Galatasaray suffered 3rd defeat in a row, losing to Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi in straight sets (25:21, 25:21, 25:22). Ediz Kaan Fırıncıoğlu was the top scorer for Bursa with 21 points, while Estonian Oliver Venno scored 18 points for the losing side. Galatasaray fell from the 3rd place to the 4th position, having only 2 points more in relation to the 5th placed team, which is exactly the team that beat them today.
Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta recorded 13th successive victory in the Efeler Ligi, keeping the safe distance, 7 points, in relation to the vice-leaders Arkas Spor, who were also victorious in this round. By defeating Tokat Belediye Plevne, Spor Toto took over the 3rd position in the standings from Galatasaray.

2019/20 AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi regular season – Round 17

February 8
Spor Toto Ankara-Tokat Belediye Plevne3-0 (25:21, 30:28, 25:17)
Top Scorers: N.Bruno 19, Williams 18, Leonardo Ferreira Do Nascimento 16,Kayhan 6; Firkal 11, Hacioglu 10, Tetik 7.

Arkas Spor Izmir-Arhavi Artvin 3-1 (25:16, 25:15, 20:25, 25:10)
Top Scorers: Gulmezoglu 22, Cevik 11, Matic 9, Lagumdzija 9; B. Ozbek 13, Erkan 7.

Sorgun Bld.-Halkbank Ankara 1-3 (18:25,25:21, 24:26, 21:25)
Top Scorers: n/a

Bursa BBSK-Galatasaray HDI Istanbul 3-0 (25:21, 25:21, 25:22)
Top Scorers: Firincioglu 21, Sharifi 15, Alisson Melo 9, Dur 8; Venno 18, Subasi 7, Savas 6, Keskin 4.

Ziraat Bankasi Ankara-Fenerbahce HDI
Istanbul 1-3
(17:25, 20:25, 25:21, 19:25)
Top Scorers: Escobar 25, Kirkit 8, Sahin 8, Yucel 7; Ter Maat 26, Hidalgo 23, Batur 11, Karasu 6.

February 10
Istanbul BBSK-Inegol Bld. Bursa

Standings:
Fenerbahce HDI Istanbul 45
Arkas Spor Izmir 38
Spor Toto Ankara 35
Galatasaray HDI Istanbul 34
Bursa BBSK 32
Ziraat Bankasi Ankara 31
Halkbank Ankara 28
Istanbul BBSK 17
Sorgun Bld. 17
Inegol Bld. Bursa 11
Tokat Belediye Plevne 8
Arhavi Artvin 7

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