I've got the opportunity to have a little chat with Tobin Carberry (193-G-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) of Thor Thorl, a team that plays in the top flight of icelandic basketball, the Dominos League. In his first two seasons in Iceland, he has played at Hottur Egilsstadir (Dominos League). In 22 games he was second best scorer with impressive 28.2ppg and averaged 9.3rpg, 5.0apg and 2.3spg (in top 3) last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Carberry's team won Icelandic D1 Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic D1 Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic D1 Import Player of the Year in 2015. Carberry graduated from LIU Post in 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player. Why did you choose to go overseas? How did you end up in playing in Iceland? I have always been very passionate about playing basketball and football since I was a young kid. I happened to have a good college career and I was fortunate to make a living playing it. First year out I thought I would end up in Hungary, where my brother played one of his professional years. Not playing my first yea out was a rough time but I eventually landed my first job in Iceland. Can you tell us your icelandic basketball history? My first two years in Iceland I was on a team (Hottur Egilsstadir) that is starting to break through as bigger club in Iceland. We had our ups and downs but I am happy to have been a part of helping them build. Now I am on a team (Thor Thorl) that has a chance to do some special things. As I help my team win and reach our highest goals, it will only help me in my future career.
What are the team goals for this season? We spent some time in Denmark during the preseason and we did very well. We then had an idea of where we were and where we could be at the end of the year. As a team we are taking it day by day. We are trying to improve as much as we can. We are the youngest team in the league but we also have some of the best young talent in Iceland. We also have a good coach that really connects with the young players that we have. The season is young but there is something special about this team. Do you live in Reykjavik? Can you tell us your typical day in Iceland? I live in orlakshoefn which is about a hour from Reykjavik. This is my third year in Iceland so I have learned my way around. I just got a Blue Lagoon season pass so I will be there a lot. There are a lot of nice sights to see in Iceland. I love to take pictures. There is an interesting cave right outside of my town that I went to last weekend. My cousin is coming soon, so we will definitely have a lot to do. I have developed many lifelong friendships here in Iceland. Previous years I was always hanging out with my buddy Nockvi and also my old coach Vidar. So living in Iceland is not so isolated for me as I have many friends here.
What part of the icelandic life style do you like the most? If you are looking for a goodtime you can get that in Reykjavik. If you are into scenery Iceland can be the place for you. I am usually relaxing, watching a lot of film, and hanging out with my girlfriend. The people here in Iceland have been very good to my girlfriend and me. Having her here keeps me from missing home too much. What are you missing the most from USA? I miss summer time at home. I miss my mom and dad. I miss my brother who coaches at the University of Long Island. I even miss my nephew who is a knuckle head. I also miss playing summer basketball. I miss playing in the Greater Hartford Pro Am playing with and against great area players like AJ Price, Ryan Gomes, Lamonte Ulmer, Keith Cothran, Doug Wiggins, Ken Horton, UCONN players, and other NBA players which gives me something to look forward to. What are your favourite hobbies outside basketball? I like to read. Funny thing is when I was a kid I hated reading. I have read a lot of comic books to keep up with all the movies and tv shows I watch. I also read a lot of psychology books. Not many people know but I have started my masters is psychology and would definitely like to work with kids when my career is over.
What are your favorite team and your favorite NBA player? I don't have a favorite team or player in the NBA. I do save NBA and other games across Europe and watch them the next day. I am sports junkie and watch all types of sports. I am a diehard Notre Dame football fan. A kid from my hometown that I am pretty close to named CJ Holmes is committed to play football there so he will be my favorite player.
Last book that you read and last movie that you saw? I have read a lot of Comics but the last book I read was Night of the Assassin by Russell Blake and the last movie I saw was Sunset Park.
Thank you Tobin and good luck for your career.
Watch Tobin Carberry 2015-2016 Iceland Highlights Dominos League -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L-Y27yEkkQ
Dominos League Round 2 of Finals. KR celebrate second victory - 2 days ago
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Grindavik - KR 88-89 KR clinched the second straight win in Dominos League Finals. They nipped Grindavik on the road to step closer to the title. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Brynjar Bjorn... [read more]
KR clinched the second straight win in Dominos League Finals. They nipped Grindavik on the road to step closer to the title. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (188-88, college: Francis Marion) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists and the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Top scorers: Grindavik: L.Clinch 33+4reb+7ast, O.Olafsson 21+12reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 15+5reb+2ast, T.Finnbogason 7+6reb+1ast, O.Saevarsson 4+14reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 4+2reb+1ast KR: J.Stefansson 24+5reb+3ast, B.Bjornsson 18+5reb+6ast, P.Alawoya 14+10reb+5ast, K.Acox 9+13reb+4ast, S.Thorvaldsson 8+2reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 7+5reb+2ast
Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Icelandic players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92). He was the major contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Icelandic players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (10-18) 85-77 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
Palsson recorded 18 points and added 4 passes in 35 minutes on the court.
SPO Rouen Basket (13-14) is placed 11th in the ProB.
It's Palsson's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.1%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 74.4% in 24 games he played so far.
Palsson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark). He could not help Svendborg (13-15) to beat Bakken (24-4).
Karason scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
But Svendborg was defeated 93-85 on the road by the leading Bakken.
It was Svendborg's third consecutive loss in a row.
This season Karason averages: 3.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 67.4%(29-43), 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 53.3%.
He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.
#3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain). Nathanaelsson led Albacete to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (13-16) 81-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Nathanaelsson also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes.
Arcos Albacete Basket (9-20) is placed 14th in the LEB Silver.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Nathanaelsson's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(31-54) and FT: 37.9% in 12 games.
He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#4. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) led Charleville-Mezieres to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Saint-Quentin (12-16) crushing them 98-64 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Hermannsson recorded 13 points and added 7 passes.
Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (16-12) is placed third in the ProB.
Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 5.6apg.
Hermannsson is also Icelandic national team player.
#5. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) managed to help San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in a victory against the 16th-ranked Magia Huesca (10-22) 86-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday.
He scored 5 points and added 6 passes in 18 minutes.
San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (22-10) is placed third in the LEB Gold.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This year Steinarsson's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg in 32 games.
He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.
Dominos League Round 1 of Finals. KR claim opening victory - 4 days ago
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KR - Grindavik 98-65 KR outgunned Grindavik in Finals opener. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-65. KR dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Grindavik's 30. They outrebounded Grindavik 54-38 including a 46-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made... [read more]
KR outgunned Grindavik in Finals opener. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-65. KR dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Grindavik's 30. They outrebounded Grindavik 54-38 including a 46-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Grindavik's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KR made 8 blocks. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) stepped up and scored 8 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 15 points and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: KR: P.Alawoya 22+8reb+1ast, B.Bjornsson 16+5reb+4ast, K.Acox 15+7reb+2ast, D.Hilmarsson 12+5reb+2ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 9+2reb+1ast, J.Stefansson 9+7reb+9ast Grindavik: D.Jonsson 17+3reb, L.Clinch 15+7ast, T.Finnbogason 13+4reb, O.Olafsson 9+11reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 6+3reb+1ast, O.Saevarsson 5+10reb
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