They met playing basketball and now with him they look to conquer the world. Or at least, Karlovy Vary, where they spent the last season together. Kyle DeHaven (175-G-84, college: Delaware) with BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary, her boyfriend, Michael Joseph Toth with Thermia in Division One.
KARLOVY VARY She is playing the highest competition in the city center, on the outskirts of war in the second division. Like Romeo and Juliet, only the New World. From a country where the famous story of two lovers swear by, you have to Shakespeare in school, perhaps a specific subject, where endlessly discuss tensions between the Montagues and Kapulety. The basketball couple from the United States - Kyle DeHaven and Michael Joseph Toth share a similar story now living away from home in Karlovy Vary.
On two separate teams, where they are each other's biggest fans. 'We go along to training, we encourage the matches. Actually, we're still together, 'they say. Together in Karlovy Vary. 'I feel great here. I play on a good team, that is winning. I feel great support here. We fell in love with the city, so here we are experiencing great times, 'says Michael.The life here is a little different, but this suits us,' added Kyle. When for a moment relieved from basketball, they go to get together some food or just pass through the city. 'Here the city is a bit smaller then back home. We dont really need a car here, everything is close. '
Problems do not include the language barrier. 'In the beginning it was a little hard, but I got used to it and now it's much better. The coach always has spoken without any problems, 'says Kyle. And anyway during games signals are used.
We use words that are taken from English, after all, basketball is one of them. 'Sometimes its just simple English,' says Kyle.
'Its Harder to communicate on defense then it is on offense.
Even there, however, always use the same words. Either English or Czech 'says Michael. For Thermia he plays at the position of quarterback, same as Kyle. 'The communications I have not had any serious problems from the beginning, most of the guys on the team speaks English very well. And the more we talk, the better it gets. In addition, I've also picked up some Czech, 'says Michael.
'Czech, we are both learning, but it is very difficult for us to speak,' Kyle knows. 'Kyle has learned more Czech then I have,' says Michael. 'But we try to speak Czech as much as we can.' This mainly applies to basketball terms. 'I know sup, sup (Czech for Go,Go),' Kyle laughs. And when she remembered how often her coach encourages a faster return to offense or defense. Posledni (Czech for Last),' adds the very next phrase. 'But I can also count to ten: One, two, three, four ... 'and yet I still cant pronounce the' R '. 'As I got used to the team I spoke more, my Czech is a little better than at the beginning, so cool, 'Kyle laughs next question.
'For me it was not so difficult. I think my game is appropriate for the total European style of basketball. Its not so tough, 'says Michael. And while the slyly smiling.
Kyle knows what encounters. It is she who has problems in Karlovy Vary with fouls. Match which has been abandoned because of fouls. 'True, I play a little more aggressively,' said Kyle. Michael nudges. 'But trying to change.' They also further odbude hint: if you are away from home, do you feel lonely sometimes? 'It is clear to me that sometimes I miss home, but do not suffer terribly. For a moment I was here alone before Mike came. Now its better since he is here, there is always something going on between practices and hanging out. To be here, this means to me rather more fun. 'And while it would still mourning invaded, still has the hands of Michael. 'In the summer it will be two years since we met,' counted quickly. Two years with a break. Kyle played last season in Germany away from Michael for six months. 'Our relationship is still fresh,' Kyle smiles. Place where they met you will guess easily: the basketball court. 'But it was a gym at home,' says Kyle. Always corresponds to the first. When she stops, he fails to answer who is the boss in their relationship. Michael is laughing loudly and they are pointing to each other. But then they shall act in unison: 'complement each other, we are actually best friends.' Similarly, in unison and then answer the last question: where to anchor (play) next year. 'If things work out we would love to come back to Karlovy Vary!'
BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary to the medals this year, heated, in the quarter fell to Slovanka. Place play-off to play a consolation prize in the competition for fifth to eighth place. In the lobby at street riding season ends in early April. And it also rozehrvacka Kyle DeHaven.
Thermia season after a long time have not. She got into the playoffs. As the last of the four in group A1 had six rounds of waiting, this would mean Michael Joseph Toth stand still in Carlsbad at least until 9 May.
Courtesy of: Regional mutation | Mlada fronta DNES - Carlsbad Region Autor: Pavel Mrhlek
Blake Schilb selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Czechs who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83). He could not help Galatasaray (13-5) to beat Banvit (13-5).
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Czechs who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Galatasaray (13-5) to beat Banvit (13-5).
Schilb scored 5 points and added 7 passes in 33 minutes on the court.
Galatasaray lost 64-79 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Banvit.
Schilb has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.5apg, 3FGP: 51.1%(23-45) in 15 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Schilb is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.
#2. Second place goes to former international center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria). Chan was the major contributor in a Raiffeisen Wels' victory against the league outsider Dukes (4-17) 74-56 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday.
He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
WBC Raiffeisen Wels (11-9) are placed fourth in the A Bundesliga.
They ended the series of three consecutive loses.
This season Chan has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 55.1%(75-136), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 75.9%.
Former USK Praha starter played for the Czech Republic national team in 2014.
#3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia). He led Rieker KN to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Prievidza (20-9) 101-99 in the Slovakian SBL on Tuesday night.
Halada scored 12 points in a mere 19 minutes.
MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno (17-13) is placed fifth in the SBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Halada has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 85.7% in 26 games.
He played for the Czech Republic U20 national team five years ago.
#4. Forward Petr Herman (208-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Pepperdine University (5-9) crushing them 82-61 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Herman scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
The Loyola Marymount University has rather weak 4-9 conference record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Herman's overall stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 2.7rpg.
He used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team
back in 2012.
#5. Former U18 international forward David Jelinek (203-97, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Northwood University (3-16) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the Northwood University was defeated 77-68 in Detroit by the Wayne State University, MI.
Jelinek scored 12 points.
His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Jelinek's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 2.3rpg.
He used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team
two years ago.
#6. Forward Jan Svandrlik (201-94, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Iona (10-6) in their game against the Rider University (13-3) in the NCAA.
Svandrlik scored 9 points in only 9 minutes.
But the Iona was badly defeated 103-85 in Lawrenceville by the Rider University.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year Svandrlik averages: 2.6ppg and 2.2rpg in 22 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Czech Republic team three years ago.
#7. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) led Estela to a victory against the sixth-ranked Santurtzi (10-7) 72-58 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night.
Hampl had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (16-1) is placed first in Group A-A.
It's Hampl's first season with the team.
His stats this year are: 14.1ppg and 6.1rpg in 17 games.
Hampl used to play for the Czech Republic national team
five years ago.
#8. Point guard Vit Krejci (193-0, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Simply Olivar Zaragoza in a victory against the ninth-ranked JAC Sants (7-10) crushing them 91-65 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday.
Krejci scored only 3 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 29 minutes.
Simply Olivar Zaragoza (5-12) is placed 14th in Group C-A.
This year Krejci's overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg in 16 games.
He plays currently for the Czech Republic U16 national team.
The list of other players, who all have Czech Republic passport but never been selected to any of Czech Republic national teams:
#1.Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Sixers' victory against the eighth-ranked Rendsburg (5-9) 79-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday.
Tyrna scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes.
BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (11-4) is placed third in North group.
Tyrna's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.5apg in 15 games he played so far.
#2.Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) led Vilsbiburg to a 2-point victory over the second-ranked Treuchtlingen (14-5) 80-78 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Sunday.
Novy was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds.
Baskets Vilsbiburg (13-7) is placed fourth in South-East group.
It's Novy's sixth season with the team.
Novy has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg.
#3.John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lubos Novy and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game.
Boyer led Vilsbiburg to a 2-point victory against the second-ranked Treuchtlingen (14-5) 80-78.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Boyer also added 5 assists and 4 steals.
This season Boyer has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 7.1apg and 5.0spg.
Boyer is a naturalized American.
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.
#4.Adrian Melski (192-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany). Melski could not help Zwickau (7-13) to beat Coburg (18-1).
He scored 7 points.
The 11th-placed Zwickau (7-13) was crushed 113-83 on the road by the leading Coburg in the South-East group.
Melski's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2spg.
#5.Dan Milota (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Texas A&M International University in a victory against the Saint Mary's (TX) University 66-53 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes.
The Texas A&M International University has a solid 8-3 record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Milota's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 2.2rpg in 11 games.
#6.Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Valdiceppo (4-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the 15th-placed Valdiceppo was defeated 69-61 at home by the much higher-ranked Senigallia (#8) in the Group D.
Meccoli Matejca was the second best scorer with 14 points.
Meccoli Matejca's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.9apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American power forward Kenny Hall (206-104kg-90, college: Tennessee). He started the season at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. In 18 games he averaged 13.4ppg and 6.7rpg, while shooting 60.1% from the field and 54.5% from the line.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Hall was drafted by the Delaware 87ers (D-League) in fourth round (55th overall).
He attended University of Tennessee until 2013 and it is... [read more]
CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American power forward Kenny Hall (206-104kg-90, college: Tennessee). He started the season at ASA Koroivos Amaliadas in Greek A1 league. In 18 games he averaged 13.4ppg and 6.7rpg, while shooting 60.1% from the field and 54.5% from the line. Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Hall was drafted by the Delaware 87ers (D-League) in fourth round (55th overall). He attended University of Tennessee until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hall won D-League championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention back in 2014. Hall has played previously professionally in Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
The move corresponds with the planned departure of Diamon Simpson (204-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA), who's last game under contract was tonight in the Basketball Champions League (BCL) versus Sassari (win 84-63, but lose on aggregate 156-157). Nymburk had known that the former St. Mary's big man had a contract valid only until February 22, so Hall had been someone they looked at to fill in as a younger and taller option. The 29-year old Simpson was very solid during his time with Nymburk, averaging 8.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in domestic league play (15 games), while upping his averages in 14 BCL games to 9.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.
After the injury of Jestin Lewis(he will miss at least 3-4 weeks), Oroszlanyi Sportegylet E Lions (NB I. B) landed 25-year old American guard Darion Rackley (190-77kg-92, college: Jacksonville State). He played recently at Orli Prostejov in NBL league in Czech Republic. In only one game he had 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 4 steals this season. Rackley also played earlier that season for ES Sahel (Division I) in Tunisian league. He also spent pre-season at Minas (NBB) in Brazilian lea... [read more]
After the injury of Jestin Lewis (he will miss at least 3-4 weeks), Oroszlanyi Sportegylet E Lions (NB I. B) landed 25-year old American guard Darion Rackley (190-77kg-92, college: Jacksonville State). He played recently at Orli Prostejov in NBL league in Czech Republic. In only one game he had 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 4 steals this season. Rackley also played earlier that season for ES Sahel (Division I) in Tunisian league. He also spent pre-season at Minas (NBB) in Brazilian league earlier that year. He has played also professionally in Sweden (Malbas). Rackley attended Jacksonville State until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
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