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 4 of Quarter-Finals. Keflavik reach semifinal stage - 11 hours ago
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Keflavik - Tindastoll 83-73 Keflavik outgunned Tindastoll to advance into the semifinal stage. The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tindastoll's 18. They outrebounded Tindastoll 48-32 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Amin Stevens (203... [read more]
Keflavik outgunned Tindastoll to advance into the semifinal stage. The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tindastoll's 18. They outrebounded Tindastoll 48-32 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 23 rebounds and guard Magnus Traustason (190-96) who added 27 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Keflavik: A.Stevens 29+23reb, M.Traustason 27+5reb, R.Dupree 14+8reb+3ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 6+7reb+9ast, G.Jonsson 4+3reb+3ast, A.Orrason 3+2reb Tindastoll: A.Hester 23+12reb+2ast, C.Caird 15+4reb+2ast, P.Birgisson 14+3reb+5ast, V.Agustsson 11+3reb, B.Rikhardsson 6+3reb+3ast, F.Thor Stefansson 4+4reb
Thor Thorl stayed alive in the quarterfinal series versus Grindavik following a vital victory in Game 4. Thor Thorl made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Grindavik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) who scored that evening 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Emil Einarsson (196-94) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Carberry is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds by the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) did not help to save the game for Grindavik. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 21 points for lost side. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 25+6reb+5ast, E.Einarsson 16+5reb+2ast, M.Baginski 13+6reb+1ast, D.Arnar Agustsson 9+2reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 9+11reb+2ast, R.Bragason 8+3reb+2ast Grindavik: L.Clinch 21+4reb+1ast, O.Olafsson 21+11reb+1ast, T.Olafsson 12+7reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 11+3reb+2ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 5+5reb+2ast, O.Saevarsson 2+5reb+1ast
D1 Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Breidablik and Fjolnir force deciders - 1 day ago
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Breidablik - Valur 75-72 Breidablik held off Valur to force the decisive fifth game in the series. It looked good early as Valur took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Breidablik had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Valur was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-75. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and guard... [read more]
Breidablik held off Valur to force the decisive fifth game in the series. It looked good early as Valur took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Breidablik had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Valur was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-75. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and guard Ragnar Ragnarsson (188-97) who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) responded with 21 points and guard Benedikt Blondal (188-93) scored 21 points. Top scorers: Breidablik: T.Garland 35+1reb+2ast, R.Ragnarsson 13+4reb+2ast, K.Kjartansson 9+2reb, E.Vignisson 8+4reb, S.Vignisson 6+2reb, B.Gunnarsson 2 Valur: A.Bracey 21+1reb+2ast, B.Blondal 21+1reb, U.King 10+4reb+1ast, I.Audunsson 8+1reb, S.Sturluson 8+1reb+2ast, S.Stefansson 2
Fjolnir upset Hamar on the road to stay alive in the series. Hamar trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 33-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 114-116 at the end of the game. Fjolnir made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fjolnir made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Fjolnir's coach Hjalti Vilhjalmsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) replied with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!), 26 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) added 32 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hamar. Top scorers: Fjolnir: R.Sigurdsson 43+5reb+8ast, C.Pryor 25+19reb+2ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 17+1reb+1ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 14+8reb+2ast, E.Egilsson 10+10reb+3ast, B.Rikhardsson 5+4reb+3ast Hamar: C.Woods 44+26reb+2ast, E.Stefansson 32+5reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 12+3reb+1ast, H.Petursson 8+1reb, S.Thorvaldsson 7+6reb+3ast, O.Olafsson 5+6reb+2ast
Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Icelandic who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92). He could not help SPO Rouen (10-13) in their last game. Despite Palsson's very good performance SPO Rouen was badly defeated 94-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) ADA Blois.
We bring you last week's top performances from Icelandic who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He could not help SPO Rouen (10-13) in their last game. Despite Palsson's very good performance SPO Rouen was badly defeated 94-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) ADA Blois.
He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Palsson also added 3 assists in 37 minutes on the court.
Palsson has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 76.4% in 20 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). Sigurdarson was not able to help Boras Basket (15-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Boras Basket was defeated 67-61 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Nassjo (#7).
Sigurdarson was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season Sigurdarson has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 94.6%(88-93).
He played for the Icelandic national team in 2015.
#3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Acox led Furman to an easy victory against the South Carolina Upstate (2-12) crushing them 79-57 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Thursday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. Acox also added 3 assists in 28 minutes.
The Furman University has a very good 14-4 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
It's Acox's fourth year with the team.
He has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 61.6%(183-297) and FT: 55.7% in 33 games.
Acox is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.
#4. Center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Albacete (6-19) in their game against CB Tarragona 2017 (8-17) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds.
Nathanaelsson's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 5.7rpg.
He 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) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Araberri (13-15) 87-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday.
Steinarsson recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes.
San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (19-9) is placed second in the LEB Gold.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Steinarsson's first season with the team.
This year he averages: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg in 28 games.
Steinarsson plays currently for the Icelandic national team.
#6. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (13-10) in their game against Saint Chamond (10-13) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance on Friday night He scored 10 points and added 5 assists.
Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.8apg.
Hermannsson is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.
#7. International small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Svendborg Rabbits in a victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (13-15) 72-67 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game.
He recorded 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen.
This year Karason's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 3.6rpg in 27 games.
He is also Icelandic national team player.
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