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#Turkey: Galatasaray, Arkas, Fenerbahce and Halkbank win Game 1 of the quarterfinals.


The Efelerligi playoffs started today.
Fenerbahçe was the only side to make an upset in Game 1 of the 2018/19 Turkish playoff quarterfinals.
The fifth seed Fenerbahçe prevailed over the fourth Maliye Piyango in a highly dramatic encounter at the home court, lastad five sets (25:22, 23:25, 25:20, 18:25, 16:14) and now need one more victory to reach the semifinals in the 2018-2019 Efeler Ligi. The Cuban Salvador Hidalgo Oliva was, once again, the best with 25 points (56% in attack). Belgian Kevin Klinkenberg made 73% positive reception. Wendt scored 23 points with 51% in attack for Maliye.

Led by the Slovenian Alen Šket (16 points and 62% in attack) and Subasi (63%), Halkbank Ankara, winner of the regular season, achieved an easy victory in straight sets over Ziraat Bankasi without encountering much resistance from the rivals.


The second seed Arkas Spor needed four sets to win against the resistance of Tokat Belediye Plevne. After a bad first set (with Murilo Radke replaced by Kaya, they managed to win the match. Great performance of Taht with 20 points, 62% in attack and 4 aces, while among the hosts bad day for Okello (15% in attack).

After losing the CEV Cup final, Galatasaray started the playoffs with a convincing 3-0 win against Istanbul BBSK.

2018-2019 Efeler Ligi playoff quarterfinals – Game 1:

8° vs. 1°: Ziraat Bankasi Ankara – Halkbank Ankara 0-3 (21:25, 16:25, 19:25)
Top Scorers: Finger 13, Savas 8, Ghaemi 5; Sket 16, Subasi 14, Luburic 11.

5° vs. 4°: Fenerbahce Istanbul – Maliye Piyango Ankara 3-2 (25:22, 23:25, 25:20, 18:25, 16:14)
Top Scorers: Hidalgo Oliva 25, Ter Maat 20, Klinkenberg 12, Batur 5, Yatgin 5; Wendt 23, Yucel 16, O. C. Durmaz 14, N. Bruno 10, Karaagac 7.

7° vs. 2°: Tokat Bld. Plevne – Arkas Spor Izmir 1-3 (25:15, 21:25, 15:25, 12:25)
Top Scorers: Dogan 15, Bahov 15; Taht 20, A. Lagumdzija 16, Gulmezoglu 13, Matic 11.

6° vs. 3°: Istanbul BBSK- Galatasaray Istanbul 0-3 (15:25, 21:25, 15:25)
Top Scorers: Gungor 11, Toy 8, Gokgoz 6; Aydin 15, Venno 13, Antonov 12, Gok 6.

PROGRAMM OF GAME 2
April, 2

Maliye Piyango Ankara (4) – Fenerbahce Istanbul (5)
Galatasaray Istanbul (3) – Istanbul BBSK (6)
Halkbank Ankara (1) – Ziraat Bankasi Ankara (8)

April, 3
Arkas Spor Izmir (2) – Tokat Bld. Plevne (7)

Formula
Quarterfinals and semifinals best of three. Finals best of five.

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