CSKA, Langdon roll into semis (Basketball)
Despite having a roster full of veterans, including 34-year-old Trajan Langdon of Anchorage, playing three games in five days couldn’t slow down CSKA Moscow.
Fresh off a third-place finish in the Euroleague championships, CSKA cruised into the Russian Super League semifinals with a 3-0 sweep of Krasnie Krilya in the best-of-5 quarterfinal series. CSKA clinched it tonight with a 61-47 win in Game 3.
Langdon, of East High fame, averaged 13 points in the series on 41 percent shooting. He netted 21 points in Game 1.
A week ago, the 6-foot-3 Alaskan torched Serbian power Partizan Belgrade at the Euroleague championships for 32 points, matching his career-high in 11 seasons as a professional, including the NBA.
After falling short in the Euroleague playoffs, Langdon and Co. are focused solely on domestic games.
CSKA Moscow won the Russian Cup earlier this season and now the perennial champs have their sights set on a Russian Super League title.
Who is going to stop them? CSKA has prevailed in 33 of 38 league games entering the semifinals against the winner of Dynamo Moscow and Lokomotiv Kuban. Lokomotiv Kuban currently leads that series 2-1.