Despite a late start to 2011-2012 season Mersin BSB guard Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) ended up becoming one of the top scorers as a domestic player and led the entire league in three point field goal percentage. The lightening quick Turkish international is hoping to help her nation make it to Olympic Games this summer and she has a lot to say about her next season plans
-Although you started the season a little late you averaged double digits and helped winless Mersin make it to the semi finals. Would you describe this year as your best ever season?
I could never say that it was my best season ever but I did whatever I could to get my team to the spot that we belong to. I had this injury the year before that I had to play on in the end of season. As you know there was the 2011 European Championship right after the Turkish League ended. First I was very afraid to keep playing despite my injury but then my national team management showed me great patience and care. They gave me the time I need to get better and experienced physio staff to work with me. I cant say enough how appreciated I am to them. Right now, we are about to play qualification games for the Olympic Games and Ill be part of this. Its a great feeeling. When the European Championship was over, I made the decision that I wasnt going play until my injury completely healed. I worked with Muratcan ner to keep me in shape and the national team Dr. Gkhan Metin and physiotherapist Haim Ay to keep me healthy. After a four month break I was ready to play all hungry :) Mersin Bykehir Belediyesi and some other teams wanted me to play for them. I made my desicion and went to play for Mersin where I played before just because I knew the people there and the experienced coach Zafer Kalaycolu who I also played for. They were losing all their games but as my coach and my new teammates, I knew we could do better and I think I was the missing link in the team. From the first week I went there we started playing better and winning. For me, it was very important to play better than ever because I showed lots of effort and patience before the season. It needed to be worth of something and I do believe it did. Mersin team finished the regular season at the fourth spot, made the semifinals in Turkish Cup and the Turkish League. Also I had one of the best stats of my career. Im very greatful
-You were one of the two Turkish players to score over 10 points a game and it was on %50 shooting from beyond the arc. Must be getting a lot of attention from the teams for the next season?
I think nobody guessed that I would show such a performance like this after the injury and the long break from basketball. I do believe I surprised people. So, even the season wasnt over I started getting offers for the next year. I couldnt respond to those before the season ended but the offers kept coming after the league finished. Im very happy and thankful for the offers. Im hoping to sign with one of these teams and have an even better year in the next season.
-Despite the big investments Turkish clubs cant get what they want in Euroleague. As an experienced player what do you think are the positive and negatives sides of nowadays Turkish basketball?
I think the investments made Turkish League and Turkish clubs the number one place for the players to play basketball in the world. While this situation brought the chance to Turkish players to play with/against the best players all over the world, it also gave basketball lovers to watch greater basketball in Turkey. Its been only 3-4 years we have been competing in the Euroleague finals and after all these years we finally had two teams playing the finals in Euroleague. So actually where we are at right now is a very big success. Unfortunately the real success doesnt come as quick as the investors , the clubs and players want. We have to be patient, learn from our mistakes and correct them every year. Also only one great player or the coach or the club cant bring the success were searching for. The success comes from the team game so we have to have them all and create a team that plays in one harmony. Im sure sooner or later, well get the Euroleague championship that were longing for
-Turkey surprisingly reached the silver medal in Eurobasket last year. Olympic games are ahead. How does it feel to be a member of the Turkish National Team?
You cant imagine how excited I am to be part of this organization. Its kind of once in a lifetime thing for me. And its also first time experience for our country to be in Olympic Games as a team sport of course if we can make the qualification tournament well play in June. Everybody would think that it was a surprise especially after our bad start to the tournament but as a team and staff we did believe that we were good enough and deserved to win a medal before we got to the tournament. As I said before the real success doesnt come very quickly but our federation was very patient and never quitted supporting us. I think the silver medal was a good beginning for us and of course were hoping to add new and more achivements to our success. Olympics will be a great chance to do this...
-What are your goals as a professional athlete? You played basketball both in the States and Turkey. Also won silver medal with national team. What else are missing?
For professional athletes, goals are usually endless. Yes I did have the silver medal with the national team at European Championship but now there is Olympic Games coming up and to be there and be able to win anything in our first time there would be the greatest goal achivement for me. Also the year after well be hosting the World Championship in our country. There is nothing bad bout winning more medals :) As a person, I love to experience new things. You mentioned that I played in USA and Turkey. I would love to get a chance to play abroad someday again and experience the competition and the new cultures. I hope its gonna happen soon :)
-Playing both guard positions require different physical and mental skills. As a combo guard what would you suggest to the upcoming youngsters?
As you say it can get tougher when you play the both positions during the game but its not something that will never change. I personally always try to learn and understand every position of basketball. This would always help you to create more options for your team, teammates and yourself in the game. Also knowing what you can do as much as knowing what your coach wants and what your teammates can do are important. This way it doesnt matter what position you play, you would always know what you need to do when the time comes. So we should never forget its a team sport and we have to work together for the better of yourself and the team.
-Most of the athletes complain about having not enough time for their social lives. Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do outside of the gym?
Thanks to technology...! Everyday something new comes and makes my day more useful. Seriously, when you play two games in a week, youll be always busy with basketball. This way it doesnt matter what position you play. No time for your hobbies.. But now I can read my books, take pictures and create something new, stay connected to my family and my friends, watch the movies and listen to the music. So Im all happy. If I get any free time I always find myself on the road discovering some place new. I do love to experience new places and what comes with it such as new people, culture and food.
KBSL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Fenerbahce and Yakin Dogu BGD claim victories - 8 hours ago
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Fenerbahce - Galatasaray 83-61 Fenerbahce coasted past Galatasaray in the semifinal opener. Fenerbahce made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Candace Parker (193-86, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Hungarian-American guard Allie Quigley (178-86, college: De Paul) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Fener... [read more]
Fenerbahce coasted past Galatasaray in the semifinal opener. Fenerbahce made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Candace Parker (193-86, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Hungarian-American guard Allie Quigley (178-86, college: De Paul) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. American point guard Moriah Jefferson (170-94, college: Connecticut) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Senegalese power forward Astou Traore (182-81, agency: ProDep Management) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Galatasaray. Galatasaray's coach Marina Maljkovic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Fenerbahce: A.Quigley 19+2reb+1ast, C.Parker 15+14reb+5ast, S.Gruda 14+2reb+1ast, P.Bilgic 13+4reb+3ast, A.Veremeenko 10+7reb+2ast, B.Vardarli 7+4reb+6ast Galatasaray: M.Jefferson 19+6reb+4ast, I.Alben 11+1reb+3ast, A.Traore 9+7reb, C.Koksal 8+4reb+1ast, M.Papova 5+2reb+1ast, D.Colakoglu 4+7reb+1ast
Yakin Dogu BGD held off Besiktas at home court to take 1-0 lead. Yakin Dogu BGD looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Kayla McBride (180-92, college: Notre Dame) fired 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American-Hungarian point guard Courtney Vandersloot (173-89, college: Gonzaga) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. Montenegrin power forward Iva Perovanovic (188-83, agency: ProDep Management) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and Croatian-American guard Shavonte Zellous (178-86, college: Pittsburgh) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Besiktas players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Yakin Dogu BGD: K.McBride 26+7reb+5ast, Q.Hollingsworth 19+10reb+1ast, C.Vandersloot 13+6reb+12ast, E.Eldebrink 9+2reb+2ast, B.Caglar 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Leuchanka 4+10reb+1ast Besiktas: S.Zellous 14+5reb+5ast, I.Perovanovic 13+11reb+3ast, L.Harding 13+1reb+2ast, K.Eksi 11+4reb+1ast, K.Stokes 8+7reb, E.Atacan 3+2reb
Results and Stats from TKBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 8 hours ago
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Edremit - Bodrum 69-78 Bodrum overcame Edremit in the opener. Bodrum forced 20 Edremit turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Shay Selby (175-90, college: Duke) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals for the winners. The former international center Melek Bilge (193-89) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Bodrum players scored in double figur... [read more]
Bodrum overcame Edremit in the opener. Bodrum forced 20 Edremit turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Shay Selby (175-90, college: Duke) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals for the winners. The former international center Melek Bilge (193-89) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Bodrum players scored in double figures. American guard Danaejah Grant (175-94, college: St.John's) produced 29 points and 7 rebounds and guard Halime Uykan (165-89) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Bodrum: S.Selby 24+7reb+10ast, M.Bilge 15+6reb+3ast, G.Turkoglu 12+6reb+2ast, S.Sale 10, I.Tulgar 6+2reb+2ast, D.Dedeoglu 5+1reb+3ast Edremit: D.Grant 29+7reb, B.Pehlivan 11+3reb+3ast, A.Darinc 8+4reb+1ast, H.Uykan 7+5reb+6ast, L.Bouthors 5, S.Tozlu 4+10reb+1ast
Cankaya held off Mersin Uni for 1-0 lead. Cankaya outrebounded Mersin Uni 43-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Mersin Uni was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Seda Tabakci (188-85, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Hande Celebi (-90, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) contributed with 25 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Cankaya players scored in double figures. Point guard Ezgi Manlaci (174-96, agency: LBM Management) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds and American center Sasha Goodlett (195-90, college: Georgia Tech) added 24 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Mersin Uni. Top scorers: Cankaya: H.Celebi 25+9reb+6ast, S.Tabakci 23+15reb+5ast, I.Dumlu 20+5reb+10ast, M.Marie Walker 16+9reb+3ast, M.Gultekin 6, G.Celebi 3+5reb+1ast Mersin Univ.: E.Manlaci 27+7reb+2ast, S.Goodlett 24+10reb+2ast, Z.Sahin 14+2ast, O.Karatas 9+5reb+2ast, G.Yuruk 7+3reb+5ast, M.Uygul 7+4reb+5ast
Ormanspor outgunned Izmit to surge ahead in the series. Ormanspor players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Damla Gezgin (175-90) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American center Aisha Mohammed (191-85, college: Virginia) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American center Whitney Jones (183-87, college: Arkansas, agency: LBM Management) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Oya Salter (170-76) added 12 points in the effort for Izmit. Top scorers: Ormanspor: D.Gezgin 20+5reb+1ast, N.Demirkol 15+2reb+7ast, A.Mohammed 13+10reb+2ast, D.Boz 7+3reb+5ast, A.Sevinc 6+4reb+1ast, H.Eldas 5+1reb+2ast Izmit: W.Jones 14+6reb+4ast, G.Sezer 12+2reb+1ast, O.Salter 12+3reb+2ast, D.Dogan 8+5reb, B.Akbas 6+3reb+4ast, S.Gizdem 3+1reb+2ast
Bornova overwhelmed Elazig to secure the lead in the series. Bornova players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American center Chanita Jordan (196-87, college: Bowie St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. The former international forward Nazli Guler (184-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Sharon Houston (191-88, college: IU Northwest, agency: Gamble Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks and Bahar Kocaoglu (-91) added 16 points in the effort for Elazig. Top scorers: Bornova: C.Jordan 17+12reb+1ast, N.Guler 13+6reb+4ast, G.Akkaya 10+7reb+2ast, N.Gungor 8+3reb+3ast, E.Sencebe 6+6reb+5ast, I.Daricioglu 5+2reb+4ast Elazig: B.Kocaoglu 16+4reb+1ast, S.Houston 15+11reb+1ast, M.Ince 8+2reb, E.Ozdemir 6+2reb+12ast, B.Yuksel 5+2reb+1ast, S.Cidal 4+4reb
KBSL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Besiktas complete semifinal picture - 3 days ago
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Abdullah Gul - Besiktas 57-64 Besiktas topped Abdullah Gul to advance into the semifinal stage. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin power forward Iva Perovanovic (188-83, agency: ProDep Management) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Belarusian-American guard Lindsey Harding (173-84, college: Duke) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Tanisha Wright (180-83, college: Penn St., agency: LBM Management) who recorded 18 p... [read more]
Besiktas topped Abdullah Gul to advance into the semifinal stage. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin power forward Iva Perovanovic (188-83, agency: ProDep Management) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Belarusian-American guard Lindsey Harding (173-84, college: Duke) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Tanisha Wright (180-83, college: Penn St., agency: LBM Management) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and international LaToya Sanders (191-86, college: N.Carolina) added 8 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Top scorers: Abdullah Gul: T.Wright 18+5reb+3ast, A.Wauters 10+3reb+1ast, L.Sanders 8+13reb+3ast, S.Ivegin 7+1reb, C.Gray 7+3reb, D.Askin 3+1ast Besiktas: I.Perovanovic 18+9reb+1ast, L.Harding 17+5reb+6ast, S.Zellous 15+3reb+2ast, E.Atacan 6+2ast, K.Stokes 5+11reb, M.Karabilecen 3+1reb
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