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Turkey: Halkbank lose against Galatasaray and reduce chances of qualifying to playoffs to minimum

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Galatasaray HDI Sigorta remained in the lead of the 2020/21 Turkish AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi regular season.
In a derby of the last round (Round 30) of the competition, they defeated Halkbank by a 3-1 (25:22, 29:27, 19:25, 26:24) and ended the rival’s 11-game winning streak. Puerto Rican Maurice Torres and Russian Yuriy Berezhko scored 16 points each for the winners, while Cuban Fernando Hernández put down 28 points on the losing side.
Such an outcome might significantly affect again the redistribution of positions for the playoffs: with the win, 5th in a row in the competition, Galatasaray remained the leaders in the standings, which is the position they won’t necessarily preserve because they have to play just one more match.
Given that today was their last match in the regular season, Halkbank might easily lose no.4, the last place that guarantees playoff participation.
In case Ziraat Bankkart win, at least, one more match (out of 4 more to play), they will secure no.4 and leave Halkbank without playoffs, which would be quite incredible.
On the othet matches, Arkas Spor swept Haliliye Bld. in straight sets and remained in 2nd position. However, the fact they played their last match in the regular season might result in their drop to 4th position in case Feberbahçe HDI Sigorta (who won today), Ziraat Bankkart, and Galatasaray HDI Sigorta achieve, at least, one more victory each.

| 2020/21 Turkish AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi regular seasonRound 30
| February 27

• Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta – Arhavi 3-0 (25:19, 25:14, 25:16)
Top Scorers: Nwachukwu 19, Unver 14, Sikar 9, Stanicki 9; Tatar 12, Yilmaz 7.

• Istanbul BBSK – Solhan Spor Bingol 1-3 (16:25, 21:25, 25:23, 20:25)
Top Scorers: Coskun 15, Sahin 11, Yalcin 7; Miskevich 24, Massari 17, Gunes 13, Polat 7.

• TFL Altekma Izmir – Sorgun Bld. 3-2 (19:25, 16:25, 25:15, 25:19, 15:7)
Top Scorers: Gurbuz 22, Daniel Muniz De Oliveira 19, Hugo Hamacher 17, Tumer 9; Cepeda 28, Cirovic 11, Zakharov 9, Baltaci 8.

• Halkbank Ankara – Galatasaray HDI Sigorta 1-3 (22:25, 27:29, 25:19, 24:26)
Top Scorers: Hernandez 28, Bayram 15, Berger 13, Gunes 8; Torres 16, Berezhko 16, Subasi 14, Savas 10.

• Inegol Bld. Bursa – Afyon Bld. Yuntas 0-3 (23:25, 24:26, 21:25)
Top Scorers: Gjorgiev 17, Bahov 12, Valchev 8; Alfonso Gavilan 19, Bruno Lima 16, Poglajen 10, Dur 8.

• Arkas Spor Izmir – Haliliye Bld. 3-0 (25:19, 25:20, 25:20)
Top Scorers: Mandiraci 21, Winkelmuller 16, Gulmezoglu 11, Matic 8; Atli 12, Bisset 10, Sharifi 8.

• Tokat Belediye Plevne – Bursa BBSK 0-3 (20:25, 21:25, 18:25)
Top Scorers: Kvalen 10, Geraldo Graciano Da Silva Filho 8, Cam 5, Hacibekiroglu 5; Ghafour 19, Alisson Melo 10, Husaj 8.

| February 28
Spor Toto Ankara – Ziraat Bankkart Ankara 0-3 (24:26, 20:25, 25:27)

| Standings (updated on February 27)
Halkbank Ankara 70
Galatasaray HDI Sigorta 68
Arkas Spor Izmir 68
Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta 66
Ziraat Bankkart Ankara 66
Spor Toto Ankara 57
Inegol Bld. Bursa 41
TFL Altekma Izmir 42
Solhan Spor Bingol 37
Sorgun Bld. 37
Tokat Belediye Plevne 37
Afyon Bld. Yuntas 34
Bursa BBSK 28
Haliliye Bld. 24
Istanbul BBSK 23
Arhavi 1

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