Buoyant Besiktas Upbeat Ahead Of Season

14 October 2008

Besiktas Cola Turka always aim for a top finish, no matter what the competition.

So there shouldn't be any surprise that the Turkish outfit, now competing in the EuroLeague Women, is warning everyone that they won't be backing down no matter what team they come up against.

"This will be our first EuroLeague experience," coach Aziz Akkaya said.

"We will work hard as a team and try to be successful. We have a tradition of targeting the top spot which is coming from our roots so we will play to win no matter who our opponent is."

First up for Besiktas on Wednesday is a game against French giants Bourges, previous winners of the EuroLeague Women and a team that has reached the last two Final Fours.

"For the first game, of course, Bourges is one of the best teams in Europe but we are a good team that consists of young and talented players," Aziz said.

"We will do our best and play great basketball. The result is important at the end of the day for sure, but the way we play will be the light that will shine our future."

Among the talented corps of players for Besiktas is the Israel international scoring machine Shay Doron.

"Pre-season has been great so far," she said. "Everything is fine and we have yet to do the best.

"We have been working hard and we believe that we will come to a point that we can beat anyone. All games are tough in EuroLeague."

Doron, who this summer helped her team qualify for next year's EuroBasket in Latvia, added: "I believe that we will do our best and qualify for the play-offs.

"Today is the starting point. We will see what we can do on the way to the play-offs."

Another pivotal figure in the Besiktas setup is star Korana Zanze, and she is optimistic.

"We have a good team and we play the game the way people like to watch," she said.

"We can go beyond the line that people expect. All we have to do is to work hard and play with no mistakes.

"I hope we will do this. Besiktas fans expect the best from us and we want to give them what they deserve."

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