25 February 2021

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Turkey: Halkbank continue their run, play offs further and further away for Spor Toto

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Halkbank continued their run by recording the 7th win in a row in the 2020/21 Turkish AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi regular season. Led by Cuban Fernando Hernández, author of 26 points, they beat İnegöl Bld. on the road by a 3-1 (25:21, 21:25, 25:17, 25:22) in Round 26 and remained 5th in the charts. More importantly for the Ankara-based club, it escaped 6th placed Spor Toto to +10 and now can focus all its efforts in fighting for a place in the top 4, the last place that guarantees playoff participation.
Halkbank couldn’t go up in the charts given that Arkas Spor defeated Spor Toto in the big match in 4 sets, annulling the great performance of Brazilian Wallace Souza (29 points) and hold position No.4. Efe Mandıracı top-scored Arkas with 22 points.
With 4th win in a row (3-0 vs Afyon Bld. Yüntaş), the leaders Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta came to 6 points ahead of the closest pursuers, Ziraat Bankkart (two game less played), Galatasaray HDI Sigorta (who won in four sets on the field of Tokat), and Arkas Spor.
On the other matches, easy win for Solhan Spor over last-placed Arhavi and Haliliye’s tie break win on the field of Istanbul BBSK.

| 2020/21 AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi regular season | Round 26:

• Arhavi – Solhan Spor Bingol 0-3 (16:25, 17:25, 20:25)
Top Scorers: Sarac 7, Tatar 7; Miskevich 15, Massari 13, Kuklinski 10, Uzun 7.

• Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta – Afyon Bld. Yuntas 3-0 (25:17, 25:18, 25:23)
Top Scorers: Hidalgo 12, Toy 10, Hoag 10, Kurt 8; Alfonso Gavilan 15, Bruno Lima 12, Poglajen 5.

• Istanbul BBSK – Haliliye Bld. 2-3 (14:25, 25:22, 23:25, 28:26, 12:15)
Top Scorers: Hayirli 17, Durul 17, Firat 16, Yalcin 11; Bisset 30, Sharifi 23, Atli 20, Icmegiz 6.

• Spor Toto Ankara – Arkas Spor Izmir 1-3 (28:30, 20:25, 25:20, 23:25)
Top Scorers: Wallace Souza 29, Bidak 8, Leonardo Ferreira Do Nascimento “Leozinho” 8, Nicolas Bruno 7, Emet 7; Efe Mandiraci 22, Gulmezoglu 15, Gungor 14, Matic 8, Winkelmuller 6.

• Tokat Belediye Plevne – Galatasaray HDI Sigorta 1-3 (19:25, 27:29, 26:24, 21:25)
Top Scorers: Geraldo Graciano Da Silva Filho 26, Kvalen 22, Cam 13, Aydin 7; Torres 26, Berezhko 13, Siratca 8, Savas 7.

• Inegol Bld. Bursa — Halkbank Ankara 1-3 (21:25, 25:21, 17:25, 22:25)
Top Scorers: Gjorgiev 28, Valchev 15, Bahov 8; Hernandez 26, Berger 15, Bayram 10, Karasu 8.

| February 7
Sorgun Bld.- Ziraat Bankkart Ankara 3-2 (18:25, 22:25, 25:14, 25:19, 15:12)
TFL Altekma Izmir – Bursa BBSK 2-3 (23:25, 27:25, 25:17, 18:25, 17:19)

| Standings
Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta 62
Halkbank Ankara 58
Ziraat Bankkart Ankara 56
Arkas Spor Izmir 56
Galatasaray HDI Sigorta 56
Spor Toto Ankara 48
Inegol Bld. Bursa 39
TFL Altekma Izmir 34
Tokat Belediye Plevne 32
Solhan Spor Bingol 30
Sorgun Bld. 30
Afyon Bld. Yuntas 26
Haliliye Bld. 23
Istanbul BBSK 20
Bursa BBSK 17
Arhavi 1

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