Langdon, CSKA lose in Euro semifinals (Basketball)

May 7, 2010
Trajan Langdon

Trajan Langdon’s remarkable run in the European playoffs ended today after his team CSKA Moscow dropped a tough 64-54 decision to Barcelona in the Euroleague Final Four in Paris.

Langdon, of Anchorage fame, bagged 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting. But it wasn’t enough to lift the Russian champions into the championship game.

“We had some very good things going in the game, and some things we could have done better,” Langdon told reporters. “Our defense was very good and we forced them to take difficult shots, but on the other side of the court we didn’t play as good as we can. We missed some shots that we should have made.”

Langdon, who turns 34 on Thursday, added four rebounds, three steals and one assist in playing a game-high 35 minutes.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard got CSKA Moscow within 45-41 with a 3-ball late in the third quarter only to see 2009 NBA lottery pick Ricky Rubio threw a perfect lob inside to push Barcelona’s lead to 47-41 entering the fourth quarter. Rubio finished with 10 points and eight assists to key the victory.

Langdon—a 2008 Alaska Sports Hall of Fame inductee—was shooting for his third career Euroleague championship. Now he’ll have to settle for a bronze medal if his team can win Sunday’s third-place game.

“We came here to win, and didn’t fear to play against Barcelona and I think everyone saw that,” he said. “We’re disappointed not to be in the final, but we had a great run this season after all.”

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