Pickens Basketball Celebrates Season At Banquet

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Last night, the PHS Basketball program celebrated their seasons with their end of the year banquet. Coaches talked about the good things during the season, the growth of the players, & sang happy birthday to the birthday girl, Nettes’ varsity head coach Donna Enis.

 

The cheerleaders were up first to celebrate their season and recognize everyone that helped them throughout the year. After the cheerleaders were given their certificates, it was girls JV coach Jenna Shaw’s turn as she talked about her teams season. She had several freshman and young girls on the roster and sees great potential in the girls. Next up, was coach Beckham for the C-team (9th grade), while they did not win a game during the season, coach Beckham was very encouraged by the progress they made during the year.

 

After the C-Team, it was JV boys coach Bo Page’s turn to recognize his team and their season. He acknowledged his team for improving during the season and for helping the Varsity prepare for their games. It would be the Dragonettes turn to be recognized as coach Enis shared her thoughts on the season. She noted that while she had a young team, she was thrilled how they came together to be just one game shy of having back to back state tournament appearances.

 

Sophomore Mackenzie Hampton was recognized as an All-region player and Madison McClure, Ashley Nelson, & Autumn Young were recognized as Honorable Mentions for the All-Region team. Sophomore Shelby Cook took home the Biscuit Award given to the girl who drew the most charges. Ashley Nelson received the Academic Award for having the highest GPA on the team.

 

Kaitlin Redman then was awarded the Most Improved Award. The Offensive Player went to Mackenzie Hampton while the Defensive Player went to Madison McClure. The Coach Pruitt Award went to Taylor Wigington. Ashley Nelson was rewarded with the Sierra Stephens Heart of a Dragon Award & Madison McClure received the Sierra Stephens Memorial Scholarship. The MVP went to Autumn Young.

 

Last but not least, varsity boys coach Brad Steinhauer came up to the podium to talk about his team. He mentioned winning two games in one day to reach the state tournament and beating rival Gilmer four times in one season.

 

Holden Roop was recognized as All-Region for the Dragons & Trent Rizoti received All-Region Honorable Mention. Both players will be playing in the N. Ga All Star game on Thursday. Sam Davis was awarded the Defensive Player award while Holden Roop got the Offensive Player award.

 

Winner of the Academic Award was Avery Luke for having the team high GPA. The Best Rebounder Award went to Trent Rizoti. Tyler Garner took home the Jennings Key Memorial Award. The RJ Casey Spirit Award went to Joseph Gossett. The Heart of a Dragon Award went to Walker Lawrence. The Stephen Ledford Memorial Award went to DJ Walden. The Final award of the night was the MVP Award and was given to Holden Roop.

 

It was a great night celebrating everyone that had a part in making this season of PHS Basketball successful. Both teams have a lot of young talent and the future is bright for both the Nettes’ & Dragons.

Dragons Season Comes To A Close At State Tournament

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled down to Atlanta to take on the #1 seed out of 6-AAAA, the Grady Grey Knights in the first round of the Boys 4A state tournament. This was the first appearance for the Dragons since 2012, and only the 2nd appearance since 2001, when they advanced to the elite 8.

 

In the opening quarter, Grady got out quickly with an 8-0 run. Pickens got things going themselves and had a 12-6 run to cut the Grey Knights lead to 14-12. Grady made a mini 5-0 run to end the quarter and take a 19-12 lead into the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Grey Knights had things working on both sides of the ball. Grady blew the lead open going into the break, 49-17.

 

In the 3rd, both teams were able to get their share of scoring. Both teams put in 19 points a piece as we went to the 4th, Grady leading, 68-36. In a shortened 4th quarter, both teams emptied out their bench, as the Dragons seniors walked off the court for the final time. The Grey Knights closed this one out to advance, 78-44.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 13 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Trent Rizoti: 13 points, & 4 rebounds

Tyler Garner: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal & 1 block

Avery Luke: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Sam Davis: 2 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 block

Walker Lawrence: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Chase Simmons: 2 points, & 1 steal

 

This team did a great job of competing and getting closer to where they want to be. Reaching the region semis after winning two game in one day, and reaching the state tournament despite the record. Losing six seniors like Holden, Trent, Tyler, Sam, Walker, & DJ will be tough. There is a good group of young talent in the system though. Things look to be turning around for this Pickens Dragons basketball program.

Dragons To Face Grady On Wednesday

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team made their final trip of the week to Southeast Whitfield for the last day of the 7-AAAA Region Tournament. After falling to Cartersville on Friday, Pickens looked to secure 3rd in the region as they took on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield.

 

In the opening quarter, Northwest got out to a good start. Pickens came back a little by the end of the quarter as the Bruins held the lead, 31-15. In the 2nd, the Dragons got into a groove of their own and got back into it. Pickens outscored Northwest 20-17 in the frame to cut the Bruins lead to 48-35 going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, Northwest was able to capitalize on some opprotunities and stretch out their lead on the Dragons. The Bruins went on to outscore Pickens 21-12, to bring their lead to 69-47, going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Northwest capped off the win with a 23-12 run and take this one, 92-57. Northwest Whitfield will now be the #3 seed for 7-AAAA and will travel to face Lithonia in the 1st round of the 4A tournament next week.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 26 pts, 4 asts, 2 rebs, & 2 stls (Averaged 24 pts, 5.3 asts, 3 rebs, & 2.5 stls during the tournament)

Avery Luke: 6 pts, 3 asts, 8 rebs, & 1 stl (Averaged 5.8 pts, 4 rebs, & 1.5 stls during the tournament)

Blake Gorth: 6 pts, & 5 rebs

Trent Rizoti: 5 pts, 7 rebs, & 1 stl (Averaged 9.5 pts, & 7 rebs during the tournament)

Walker Lawrence: 5 pts, & 2 rebs

Sam Davis: 4 pts, 3 asts, 2 rebs, & 1 blk

Joseph Gossett: 4 pts, 2 rebs & 1 stl

Tyler Garner: 4 pts, & 3 rebs (Averaged 7.5 pts, & 7.5 rebs during the tournament)

DJ Walden: 2 pts, 1 ast, & 3 rebs

Seth Bishop: 2 pts, 1 ast, & 2 rebs

 

Pickens will now enter the 4A state tournament as the #4 seed from 7-AAAA and will travel to take on the #1 seed out of 6-AAAA Grady on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Dragons Fall To Panthers On Senior Night Host Gilmer On Thursday

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Earlier tonight, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Panthers of Ridgeland in the most important region game of the season. Coming into the ball game, Pickens held the 5th spot in the standings at 4-8 while the Panthers came in a game behind at 3-9. Prior to the game, seniors Mgr. Tucker Green, D.J. Walden, Sam Davis, Tyler Garner, Holden Roop, Trent Rizoti, & Walker Lawrence were honored.

 

In the opening quarter, things did not get off on the right foot for Pickens as Ridgeland shot out to and 8-0 lead. The Dragons however got back into it as the quarter progressed and found themselves down 5 going to the 2nd, 22-17. In the 2nd, both teams traded buckets back and forth. Both teams tied in the quarter with 13 a piece and Ridgeland led it going to the half, 35-30.

 

In the 3rd, both teams again remained tight. Both teams scored 12 points and we headed to the 4th with the Panthers still in front, 47-42. The 4th and final quarter saw crazy action. Ridgeland held an 11 point lead late in the game, but Pickens did not give up. with less than ten seconds left, and down 2, the Dragons thought they caused a turnover but would be called for a foul instead and the Panthers knocked down two free throws to seal a win, 67-63.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 31 points, 4 assists, & 2 rebounds

Trent Rizoti: 11 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Avery Luke: 10 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tyler Garner: 6 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 3 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Walker Lawrence had 2 points, & 1 rebound, & Blake Gorth had 1 assist & 4 rebounds.

 

With the loss, the Dragons and Panthers are now tied for the 5th spot in the region standings at 4-9. Both teams have a game on Thursday where Ridgeland will take on the Heritage Generals on the road while the Dragons will host 515 rival Gilmer Bobcats in a make up game. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Dragons Get A Big Win In The Cage

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team made the journey up 515 to battle their longtime bitter rival, the Gilmer Bobcats. As important as the rivalry is, adding in the region standing implications that came with this game made it that much more crucial for both teams.

 

In the opening frame, both teams got off to a slow start trying to find success on offense. Gilmer got out to a 5-0 start until the Dragons were able to get things going. Pickens went on to outscore the Bobcats 14-3 the remainder of the period to take a 14-8 lead to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Gilmer got things going from beyond the arc. A 16-10 quarter run for the Bobcats helped them tie things up at 24 as we’d go to halftime.

 

Pickens, looking for a little early momentum, used the opening possession of the 2nd half to do so. Holden Roop tossed a perfect lob pass to a leaping Tyler Garner who then threw down a monster two handed slam to the delight of the away side. The Dragons used that momentum to carry them to a 13-11 quarter run and take a 37-35 lead after three. In the 4th, Pickens sealed the win with a 15-8 run to take it, 52-43.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 18 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals

Joseph Gossett: 10 points, 2 assists, & 4 rebounds

Trent Rizoti: 9 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, & a block

Tyler Garner: 7 points, & 3 rebounds

DJ Walden: 4 points, 1 asssit, & 6 rebounds

 

Pickens currently sits in the 5th spot in the standings and will look for a good week next week to try and improve on that standing before the region tournament. The Dragons will honor their Seniors on Tuesday night as they host the Ridgeland Panthers. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Dragons Fall To Cartersville Prepare For Big Region Week

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Last Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Cartersville to take on the Purple Hurricanes in region 7-AAAA action. The Dragons, came in winners of 3 of their last 4 games with all 3 of those being region games.

 

In the first quarter, everything just went Cartersville’s way. The Purple Hurricanes took a 27-11 lead heading into the 2nd. Cartersville just could not miss as they stretched out their lead. The Purple Hurricanes outscored the Dragons in the quarter 30-15 to take a 57-26 lead into the break.

 

In the third, Cartersville again stretched out their lead using a 23-8 quarter run. The Purple hurricanes led things, 80-34, going to the fourth. A highlight for the Dragons in the 4th quarter was freshman Seth Bishop’s put back dunk that even had the home crowd cheering. Cartersville took this one, 92-40.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Trent Rizoti: 10 points, & 4 rebounds

Avery Luke: 9 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Holden Roop: 7 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Seth Bishop: 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tyler Garner had 2 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds, & DJ Walden finished with 2 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound.

 

The Dragons will look to shake that game off and get back in the win column this Tuesday as they host the Heritage Generals. The Generals are currently at the top of the 7-AAAA standings at 8-1 while the Dragons are currently in 5th at 3-4. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Dragons Comeplete Comeback For Third Straight Region Win

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to take on the LaFayette Ramblers in a critical 7-AAAA game. Pickens, came into the ball game winners of two straight region games and looked to get the home and home split with LaFayette.

 

In the opening quarter, things got off to a slow start the Dragons. The Ramblers led things going to the 2nd, 12-7. In the 2nd, LaFayette stretched their lead out by using a 17-14 quarter run to take a 29-21 advantage over Pickens at the half.

 

The third quarter belonged to the Dragons. Pickens held the Ramblers to just 3 quarter points while putting up 15 to take a 37-32 lead. In the 4th, the Dragons were able to hit key shots and get stops on defense to leave LaFayette with a 55-46 win. Thier 3rd straight region win, 2nd straight on the road.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 17 points, & 1 rebound

Trent Rizoti: 15 points, 2 assists, & 10 rebounds

Holden Roop: 8 points, 4 assists, & 3 rebounds

Tyler Garner: 5 points, 4 assists, & 11 rebounds

DJ Walden: 4 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Sam Davis had 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 3 blocks, Blake Gorth had 2 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound, & Seth Bishop finished with 2 points, & 2 rebounds.

 

The Dragons will look to continue their winning ways in region road games when they travel to take on the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes on Friday night. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Dragons Fall To Lions Prepare For Big Region Week

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Lions of Christian Heritage in a non-region contest. The two teams faced off at Christian Heritage in December with the Lions taking that one. Pickens looked to even up the season series.

 

In the opening quarter, Christian Heritage got off to a quick start. The Lions held the lead after one, 19-6. In the 2nd, the Dragons offense found more consistency. Christian Heritage outscored Pickens in the quarter 19-15 however, to take a 38-21 lead into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the Lions stretched their lead out. Using an 18-12 quarter run, Christian Heritage took a lead of 56-33 into the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, both teams scored 12 points each giving us a final of 68-45.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 14 points, 2 assists, & 2 steals

Trent Rizoti: 7 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tyler Garner: 6 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Avery Luke: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal

Seth Bishop: 4 points, & 1 rebound

Sam Davis had 2 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals, Blake Gorth had 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal, & DJ Walden finished with 2 points, 2 rebounds, & a steal.

 

The loss snaps the Dragons brief two-game win streak. Pickens will look to start a new streak on Tuesday as they travel to take on the Ramblers of LaFayette in a big region game. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Dragons Hold Off Ridgeland For 2nd Straight Region Win

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Yesterday evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to take on the Panthers of Ridgeland High School in a big 7-AAAA region match up. This game would be played at Rossville Middle School to due to the Wrestling Area Region Tournament being held at Ridgeland High School this weekend.

 

In the 1st, the Dragons came out quick, building an early lead. Pickens led it, 16-11 going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Panthers trimmed the Dragons lead down to two using a 15-12 quarter run. Pickens held the lead, 28-26 going into halftime.

 

The Dragons picked things back up in the 3rd. Pickens outscored Ridgeland 16-5 in the quarter to take a 44-31 lead heading into the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, things got exciting. The Panthers got back into the game, having a chance to win the game in the closing seconds. Trent Rizoti would be fouled as he rebounded the miss with 2.2 seconds left and hit one of two free throws to give the Dragons a 54-53 win.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 23 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals

Trent Rizoti: 15 points, 1 assist, 11 rebounds, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 6 points, & 1 rebound

Tyler Garner had 4 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal, Avery Luke had 4 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal, Sam Davis had 1 point, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal, Blake Gorth had 1 point, 2 steals, & a block, & DJ Walden finished with 2 assists & 2 rebounds.

 

The Dragons will be back in the Dragons Den tonight as they host the Lions of Christian Heritage. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Dragons Get Hard Fought Region Win Over Southeast Whitfield

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Earlier this evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team played host to the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in region play. The Dragons, were looking to get their first win in region 7-AAAA play this season.

 

In the 1st, Pickens got off to a a good start. They led the Raiders 15-12 going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, The Dragons added to their lead over Southeast Whitfield by winning the quarter, 13-10, to take a 28-22 advantage into the half.

 

In the 3rd, the Raiders got back into the game by outscoring Pickens 19-15. The Dragons however, still held the lead, 43-41 going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Holden Roop hit two key free throws and Blake Gorth laid in a clutch bucket to give the Dragons a 3 point lead. Pickens had a crucial defensive stand in the closing seconds to get a hard fought win, 65-62.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Trent Rizoti: 20 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal

Holden Roop: 17 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal (All in the 2nd half)

Tyler Garner: 7 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, & 2 blocks

DJ Walden: 7 points, & 2 rebounds

Blake Gorth had 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal, Avery Luke had 4 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound, Joseph Gossett had 2 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound, & Walker Lawrence chipped in 2 points.

 

The Dragons will look to continue their good play as they will travel to Rossville, Ga. to take on the Ridgeland Panthers on Friday in another 7-AAAA region game. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Dragons Conclude Holiday Classic Against Jackson

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This past Wednesday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Jaguars of Maynard H. Jackson in the final day of the Pickens Holiday Classic. The Dragons looked to get a win prior to getting into region play on Tuesday.

 

The 1st quarter saw the Dragons come out on fire. Both teams were executing offensively and the opening frame ended with a 14-14 tie. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens took a slight lead. Jackson however, was able to hit a three at the buzzer to take a 37-34 lead. The 1st half was highlighted by dunks from Tyler Garner & Sam Davis.

 

In the 3rd, the offense for the Dragons stalled. The Jaguars outscored Pickens 19-6 in the 3rd, to stretch their lead out to 56-30 going to the 4th. Jackson closed out the ball game with a 16-9 run to take this one, 73-49.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 16 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Trent Rizoti: 10 points, 2 assists, & 3 rebounds

Joseph Gossett: 8 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Tyler Garner: 6 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Sam Davis: 4 points, 1 assist, & 2 steals

Blake Gorth finished with 2 points, 1 rebound, & 1 block, & DJ Walden had 2 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal.

 

As mentioned earlier, the Dragons will be back in region play this Tuesday as they host the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield. The Raiders are currently 5-8 (play Christian Heritage tomorrow), & 3-2 in region play. Senior Ty Pendley leads all of 4A averaging 27.3 ppg. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Dragons Fall To River Ridge In Physical Game

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Earlier tonight, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Knights of River Ridge in the second day of the Pickens Holiday Classic. After losing the first game to Model last night, the Dragons looked to rebound against the Knights.

 

It was a tight contest in the beginning of this one. River Ridge took the lead after one, 18-12. In the 2nd, the Dragons chipped away at the Knights lead by outscoring River Ridge 14-12, trailing the Knights 30-26 at the half.

 

The physical nature of the game showed up in the 3rd. River Ridge outscored Pickens 21-12 in the quarter to stretch their lead to 51-38, going to the 4th and final quarter. The Knights put this one away in the 4th after a 16-14 quarter run to take it, 67-52.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 18 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, & 3 steals

Trent Rizoti: 9 points, 7 rebounds, & 2 steals

DJ Walden: 8 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal (All in the 4th)

Tyler Garner: 6 points, & 1 rebound

Blake Gorth had 2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 1 steal while Seth Bishop finished with 2 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal.

 

The Dragons will conclude the Pickens Holiday Classic tomorrow night as they host the Maynard Jackson Jaguars. Tip off set for 7:30 p.m. in the new gym.

Dragons Early Struggles Lead To Loss At Heritage

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Earlier this evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team took on the Heritage Generals in 7-AAAA region action. Pickens came into the game with a season record of 2-3 and a region record of 0-1 looking to get things back on track.

 

Much like the 1st quarter in the Nettes’ game, the Dragons got off to a slow start. The Generals took a 20-9 lead going to the 2nd frame. In the 2nd quarter, Heritage caught fire and could not miss. The Generals outscored the Dragons in the quarter, 22-9 to take a 42-18 lead into the break.

 

The 3rd quarter was more closely contested. Heritage barely outscored Pickens in the quarter, 16-11, but still held a lead of 58-29 going into the 4th. The 4th and final quarter was the best quarter for the Dragons on the night. Pickens outscored the Generals 17-12, but it was Heritage coming away with the win, 70-47. With the tough loss, Pickens is now 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in region play.

 

Leaders for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 15 points, & 1 assist

D.J. Walden: 7 points, 1 assist, & 5 rebounds

Avery Luke: 7 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Tyler Garner added 3 points, 6 rebounds, & a steal, while Holden Roop finished with 2 points, 4 assists, & 3 rebounds.

 

The Dragons will be home this Friday night as they host their bitter rival, the Gilmer Bobcats as Pickens looks to get their first win in region play. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Pickens Player of the Week For Game 2

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Senior Offensive Lineman for the Pickens Dragons DJ Walden has been named this week’s Player of the Week. Walden helped create holes for the Dragons backs that led to 517 rushing yards against East Hall. You can catch DJ and the rest of his Dragon team mates next Friday at Dragons Stadium as they take on the Knights of Johnson

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