14 April 2021

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Turkey: Ziraat win regular season, meanwhile also playoffs

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Ziraat Bankkart Ankara are officially the winners of the regular season in the 2020/21 Turkish AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi.
In a direct duel for the no.1 in the charts, they beat Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta by a 3-1 (25:23, 26:28, 25:19, 25:20).
This was a delayed match valid for Round 27. Thus, with the 7th win in a row in the competition, the Ankara side secured the top seed for the playoffs as well.
Dutchman Wouter Ter Maat top-scored thwme winners with 23 points while Bedirhan Bülbül and Aslan Ekşi set up 4 blocks each. Even if they have to play one more match, Fenerbahçe are 6 points behind Ziraat in the standings. The good news for the Istanbul team is that its no.2 for playoffs is sealed.

At the same time, 2 games of the semifinals for 5th place should also have been played, but TFL Altekma, with 4 cases of coronavirus among the team, preferred to avoid taking the field risking a spread of the infection, and so Halkbank had the game won (in Turkey there is a rule that matches cannot be postponed during the playoffs) and has closed the serie. The other finalist will be decided in Game 3, as Inegol Bursa surprisingly defeated Spor Toto 3-0, leveling the series.

| 2020/21 Turkish AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi regular season | Recovery match of Round 27
| March 13, 2021
• Ziraat Bankkart Ankara – Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta 3-1 (25:23, 26:28, 25:19, 25:20)
Top Scorers: Ter Maat 23, Atanasov 21, Bulbul 12, Arslan Eksi 7; Toy 17, Hidalgo Oliva 15, Vigrass 10.

| Standings (updated on March 13)
Ziraat Bankkart Ankara 78
Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta 72
Halkbank Ankara 70
Galatasaray HDI Sigorta 68
Arkas Spor Izmir 68
Spor Toto Ankara 57
TFL Altekma Izmir 42
Inegol Bld. Bursa 41
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

| Semifinals 5°-8° place | Game 2
• Inegol Bld. Bursa (7) – Spor Toto Ankara (6) 3-0 (25:21, 28:26, 26:24)
Serie: 1-1
Top Scorers: Gjorgiev 19, Bahov 14, Valchev 7, Ondes 7; Wallace Souza 20, Nicolas Bruno 19, Yilmaz 7.

• TFL Altekma Izmir – Halkbank Ankara 0-3 (0:25, 0:25, 0:25)
Serie: 0-2

| Game 3 | March 16
• Spor Toto Ankara – Inegol Bld. Bursa

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