Langdon, Oleson battle in Game 4 (Basketball)
There were a few moments today in Spain when Anchorage’s Trajan Langdon and North Pole’s Brad Oleson turned Game 4 of the Euroleague playoff series into their own private shootout.
The two 6-foot-3 shooting guards matched up against each other and took it to one another in the closing moments of a close game before a crowd of some 21,000 people dying to see Spanish power Caja Laboral extend the best-of-5 series.
It didn’t happen, though.
Langdon and CSKA Moscow rallied down the stretch to pull out a 74-70 win over Oleson and the Spaniards, winning the series 3 to 1 and clinching a berth into the Euroleague Final Four set to begin May 7.
Langdon, of East High fame, started and played 37 minutes. He finished with 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting and 7 of 8 free throws.
The former NBA player added two steals and three assists, including a delightful dish to former KU star Sasha Kaun for an opening-game dunk.
Olsen, of North Pole Patriots fame, came off the bench to pump in a season-high 14 points in 21 minutes. The former UAF All-American sank 4 of 8 3-pointers.
Late in the game, Langdon came off a screen to swish a fadeaway jumper over on out-stretched Oleson to tie it at 66-66 with 3:43 to play.
The next time down the court Oleson missed a 3-pointer and the very next possession Langdon missed a 3-pointer, showing that neither Alaskan was afraid to take the big shot at crunch time.
With his team trailing by three, Langdon got fouled shooting a 3-pointer but made just two of three free throws to get CSKA Moscow within 71-70. It didn’t come back to bite him as Caja Laboral missed its final five shots and American-turned-Russian citizen J.R. Holden hit the go-ahead jumper with 56 seconds left that carried the Russians over the top.
Langdon is shooting for his third career Euroleague championship ring.