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January 14, 2022
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On Wednesday night, eight of CAC’s finest convened to draft the teams for the return of the greatest league in CAC history BDraft. With things starting up next week, it is time to get the conversation started so here is 2600 words breaking down each teams draft, questions I have and more for your weekend reading pleasure. Feel free to chime in and tell me why I’m wrong and what your power rankings are or I will assume all of you agree with me, which is perfectly fine also. Let’s get the debate going!

8. Sheffield
Harding (2)
Stahl (15)
Lagno (18)
Schuurman (31)
Alphen (34)

First impressions: Harding is coming off a second-place finish in the MVP voting in 5v5 and has the type of game that should translate well in 4v4. He’s a true two-way threat and should be among the leading scorers, while also defending the best guard on the opposing team. Calvin is another 5v5 crossover whose length and athletic ability separates him from many in this league and he should thrive in an up-tempo game. Lagno as a third player is solid, but he will really need to find his shot as last season he struggled from deep shooting 29%. Sheffield and Alphen are solid role players, but both are best suited for a bench role and Schuurman is an unproven rookie who does have an interesting bio.

Best value: Stahl
I almost took Calvin with the 13th pick and there were several captains eager to trade up for him. I really like his fit with Harding after a season miscast on a team that played at a snails pace on offense and sat back in a zone on defense, which really limited his strengths.

Biggest question: Who is the final starter?
Harding/Stahl/Lagno is a really solid trio, but that fourth spot is a major question mark. If Schuurman’s bio is close to accurate he could grab that role, but we shall see as rookie bios have led many astray in the past.

Prediction: Scoring and size are an issue for this team and I think ultimately they don’t have enough of each to hang with the higher ranked teams. Harding might need 30+ per week to keep things competitive and Calvin is going to be tasked with guarding a lot of big guys down low which could limit his ability to roam and wreak havoc on the defensive end.

7. Demakes
Swecker (1)
Nechev (9)
Motha (32)
Webert (33)
Mackay (40)

First impressions: Swecker and Valdi is one of the best two-man combos in the league and their playstyles should mix well together. Both are CAC vets who have played together before on a Harry led team, so they shouldn’t have to adjust much to playing together. The rest of the starting lineup will likely be Webert and one of Harry or Motha. Webert is a great depth option as he can defend and chip in on offense when he has an advantageous matchup. Harry and Motha both have the size to defend bigs and can chip in a few points as well and one of them will be joined on the bench by Matt Mackay who rounds out the team.

Best value: Motha
Player rater wise Motha was in the early 20’s and even with a few rookies, him falling to 32 is great value. He has his limitations, but he’s a big who can rebound and score down low, which is something every team needs.

Biggest question: Who can consistently other than Vladi and Swecker?
Those two are a great duo, but the rest of the team averaged just over 10 points per game combined in their respective last CAC seasons. If those four can’t reach at least 20 points per game, it’s going to be a long season for Vladi and Swecker, who will need to average well over 20 points apiece to keep them in games.

Final thoughts: We will see how good Swecker and Vladi actually are, as if either of them is off in a given game, this team will really struggle. At the same time, that duo is one of, if not the best in the league, so them carrying Harry and his merry band of men is definitely a possibility. I just will have to see it to believe it.

6. Roberts
Bully (5)
MacDonald (12)
The Jet (19)
Calderan (30)
AAAAAAAMIR (35)

First impressions: Sex. That is the team name Roberts came up with and it fits perfectly with the ultimate CAC veteran team, filled with years of experience and good people. I have no doubt these guys will have a great time playing together each week and on paper the parts fit well. Bully and Roberts will start as forwards and MacDonald and Jet start in the backcourt with a really solid bench of Paul and Amir. They have a nice blend of shooting and size and a team full of players who play within themselves and the role they are in.

Best value: MacDonald
It might not always be pretty, but Ben puts up numbers in 4v4. His scoring output has dropped in the 5v5 format, but he was a consistent 20+ per game scorer the last time 4v4 was played and even the player rater isn’t a perfect metric, getting the 2nd highest ranked APR player at 12 is great value.

Biggest question: What type of Bully will we get?
Bobby took the fall season off, so this is only his second league since the pandemic started. Bobby was a consistent 20+ per game scorer then and for this team to reach their ceiling he will need to do that again.

Final thoughts: This team will be ultra-competitive, but I have some concerns about how they will handle some of the younger, more athletic teams. MacDonald and Jet like to play with pace, but the rest of the team is more suited in a slower, more deliberate style of play. They will need to force teams to play their game and most importantly, stay healthy to have a chance at the title.

5. Jackson
Nestler (6)
Leblanc (11)
Noah (22)
Glynn (27)
Albere (38)

First impressions: Another CAC vet laden team that makes a lot of sense roster construction wise. Nestler is one of the best bigs in a league that has a surprising lack of size and Leblanc’s offensive game compliments him really well. Those two have played with Billy before and will trust him to facilitate things and ensure the offense gets good shots. Noah as the fourth starter is an interesting one, but if he’s close to what he was last time we saw him play that’s a really solid starting lineup. Glynn is a great player to have coming off the bench and should be even better after a season to get back into the swing of playing and Albere has put up decent stats in B2 leagues and should be a solid bench option as well.

Best value: Leblanc
Leblanc might be getting up there in years, but he’s still one of the best shooters in the league and showed again last season that he can score with the best of them and take over when necessary. This team fits him really well also with a true point guard in Billy and Nestler and Noah to set screens for him to come off of.

Biggest question: How good is Noah?
We haven’t seen Noah since the pandemic started when he as averaging 13.3 per game in BDraft. He made sure that Tibbs put a disclaimer on the draft board that he is out of shape after not playing basketball in years so it will be interesting to see where he’s at when things get going.

Final thoughts: This team has one of the better duos in the league, but will need a player to step up as their third scorer. Both Billy and Noah have done that in the past, but we will have to see if either of them is up to that role still. This team has definite championship ability, but could struggle if against the more athletic teams and if Noah struggles like he said he expects to.

4. Cavano
Pollock (8)
Dwyer (16)
Kodra (17)
Kerkorian (23)
Georges-Clapp (29)

First impressions: Cavano has put together an extremely long and athletic team that will be very difficult to score against. A front court of Cavano/Dwyer/Kodra will wreak havoc on opposing teams and Pollock is no slouch either defensively, especially when he knows he has someone protecting the rim behind him. Offensively, I think they have a few more questions as they have a lot of players who thrive in an isolation game. Pollock can play PG and is good at distributing, but he also looks to score as do Cavano, Dwyer and Kerk when they have the ball in their hands. Their bench is a potential separator though as Kerk could easily be a starter for several teams and Georges-Clapp is 6-3 with extensive playing experience.

Best value: Dwyer
Somewhat of a copout, but getting Dwyer at 16 is a steal. There was a reason he fell though as he’s going to miss the second round of the playoffs if we don’t have any cancelations during the regular season. Even with that known, at that point in the draft it is a risk worth taking,

Biggest question: Can they win without Dwyer?
Dwyer is missing three regular season games and a playoff game, but Cavano built a team that should be capable of handling those absences. Kerk can easily transition into the starting lineup and if Georges-Clapp is good he could potentially as well.

Final thoughts: If Dwyer didn’t have his known attendance issues, I’d have them even higher in the ranks. I really like the depth on this squad as they could have six players who can chip in double digits in a given game. That type of depth is rare in this league and should help them navigate when they are missing Dwyer in the regular season, but in the playoffs it’s a whole different animal.

3. Cundall
Arnstrong (4)
Myer (13)
Danzig (24)
Billings (25)
Matty J (26)

First impressions: I was really happy to get Armstrong at four. He’s one of the best scorers in the league and will be surrounded by shooting which should give him room to operate off the dribble. Other than Matty Johnson, the rest of the team I’ve never seen play, but on paper I think they all fit well. Myer at 13 is a gamble, but a 6-3 guy who played high school and has held his own in runs with D1 players should be able to transition well to BDraft. Next up, both Billings and Matty J can really shoot which should open up the floor for Brett and Ray to operate. Billings can also facilitate the offense, allowing Brett to play off the ball and he gets to play with his buddy Danzig who also seems to have plenty of playing experience and would fit well as a wing or big.

Best value: Billings
Though he hasn’t played in BDraft before, I was surprised to be able to grab Billings where I did. He’s a career 43% three-point shooter who averaged 10 points per game in B2 5v5. If he can get used to the 4v4 game quickly I think he could really surprise some people this year.

Biggest question: How good is Ray Myer?
We will find out soon, but I think Kap summed things up well in his preview “Vault this team to #1 if Myer’s profile is legit. I will admit I have no idea how good D1 practice players are, but I would guess better than B Draft level? If he’s the real deal he and Brett will be the best duo in the league.”

Final thoughts: There are a wide range of outcomes for my team, but I really like the team paper. On paper is the key though as I’ve only ever seen two of my team play, so for now I’m going to hedge and put my team in the middle. If those guys are as good as they could be, then we definitely will be in the mix throughout the season and should challenge for the title.

2. Kaplan
Tenney (3)
Walker (14)
Dodakian (21)
Gilles (28)
Silva (37)

First impressions: When Kap traded up I assumed it was to grab Brett, but he instead took Casey who we all know is one of the best pure scorers in the league. Him and Kap are a dynamic backcourt who just need a big who can screen and role for them since they are both good passers. Insert Andrew Walker who Kap grabbed with his next pick. Walker’s borderline illegal screens should get Casey and Kap good looks all year and he should be able to clean up the glass whenever they miss. Dodakian and Silva are really solid role players and Giles seems to be that type of player as well based on his bio.

Best value: Silva
As the draft got into its later rounds Ben kept falling and falling until Kap smartly grabbed him at 37. I have no explanation for why he fell that far other than uncertainty about how he will play after not playing in a CAC league since the pandemic began, but still getting a career 36% three-point shooter at that point in the draft is excellent value.

Biggest question: How do they defend teams with multiple bigs?
Walker is really the only size on this team, so if he is missing or in foul trouble they could be in trouble. Maybe Casey or Dodakian can fake it for a few minutes, but several teams have two true bigs so it will be interesting to see what they do matchups wise when they play those teams.

Final thoughts: This team makes a lot of sense and should be able to gel quickly with each player in a well-defined role. Casey and Kap can score with anyone and Walker gives them great size and rebounding. The fourth starter is somewhat of a question mark right now, but they have plenty of time to figure that out and should be a contender until the end.

1. Civale
Hof (7)
Shaffer (10)
Vlajkovic (20)
DTO (36)
Haddock (39)

First impressions: This team could be a problem for the other seven teams in the league. Civale got the best pure scorer in the first round and then built a team that compliments Hof’s game perfectly. Joel in the second round fit what this team needed perfectly as he can run around and cut on offense while Hof does his thing on the perimeter and then guard the best player on the opposing team so Hof doesn’t have to. Djordje at 20 forms a huge frontcourt with Civale and both are excellent screeners and rebounders, exactly the type of player Hof is best suited to play with. Hof has shown in the past that he will pass if teams get too far up in him and he has three guys who can finish at the rim surrounding him. Rounding out the team are David Ter-Ovanesyan, who seems like a solid role player who can chip in on offense and grab a few rebounds and Haddock who is important for team chemistry and can shoot as well.

Best value: Hof
Anytime you can get the best scorer in the league at the end of the first round that is going to be a lock for best value pick.

Biggest question: Does this team have enough depth?
Civale mortgaged his later round picks to build his starting lineup leaving him with picks 36 and 39 on the bench. We’ve seen that strategy work before, but if they have anyone missing a game or in foul trouble and are forced to play those guys for extended minutes they could be in trouble.

Final thoughts: This team has a lot of fire power and should be a pain to play against. Hof and Joel have had success when paired together in the past and Civale and Djordje have been around these leagues long enough to know how to fit in with someone like Hof. They should have no problem scoring and on defense have the size to make up for any defensive lapses.

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Well Ian’s ranked my team first, so obviously his ratings are flawless and completely correct. I think Billy’s team is probably a little underrated, assuming Noah was sandbagging his draft stock a little bit, since the nestler/Billy pick and roll with shooters spreading the court will be tough to handle. 

since I’m playing Cavano week 1, I’ll say his team looks overrated to me. They’ve got a lot of guys who like to dribble the ball and direct the offense around them, but I’m not sure they’ve got the off-ball cutters and shooters that their top 4 guys have historically played well with. Could definitely see some big fit issues there, particularly because that’s a team where I think all of their guys may think they deserve to be in closing lineups. 

I could also see Gordon’s team being better than their slot. They’ve got a lot of guys who get out and run, and particularly in the bigger Somerville gym, that can be a problem. Calvin’s got a shot at being a 20 point a game guy if their team moves the ball. 

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First Ian saddles Pollock with a bad team last season and now he insults by calling him not a true PG. This one great partnership has soured fasted than the Lakers season.

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Besides the part where you ranked us last, this is a great article. Thanks for the detailed preview, Ian 

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To clarify, I have not turned into a tub of goo, but I have had two kids and averaged 3.4 hours of sleep a night past two years and worked out like eight times (and played basketball twice).

That said, blistering speed, technical skill and overwhelming athleticism were never really my thing.  Pretty sure I can still hit open threes and slow motion post up on the left block.

There are enough guys in the league now that I don’t know to form a credible opinion on these power rankings, but based on who I know I like the construction of our team and our chances.  It’s rare that BPA drafting strategies work and I can see how our lineup has defined roles which I like.  Looking forward to just getting back out there.

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I’ll share one thought per team that I have, in no particular order: 

 

Joel is a great teammate. Civale is also a terrific teammate (on offense). The two of them + Billy + Liam Corrigan + Ben Silva + Frank were a really strong 8-1 team in this league. To most, Hof + Djordje alone would appear to be an upgrade there on paper.

 

Is Sam Pollock a real point guard? No. Do you need a real point guard to win in 4v4 BDraft? Also no.

 

My team resembles the classic case of that team that looks so great on paper in the preseason, everyone’s clear title favorites, but for some reason doesn’t win the title. Weve got the talent, good fit, charm, and handsomeness to win a championship. Who knows what might get in our way though. Whatever it is, it probably won’t be ego. 

 

Gordon is the only player I know on this team, so all i can say is their bench is looking pretty solid so far!

 

Harrys team – insert puke gif. Only thing i know about this is that it will play even worse than whatever team name Harry chooses for it.

 

Ben MacDonald is basically Russell Westbrook. Which sounds like an insult, and maybe it is to some extent, but Russell Westbrook would also dominate the shit out of all of us and Ben really might just do that. So it’s kind of a compliment too.

 

I have no clue how Kap and Tenney will mesh. My gut tells me they won’t, but I’ve seen Kap work with more improbable players before.

 

I’ve got a weird feeling that Myer is like a Pat Kelley level talent, in which case this season is probably a wrap. Eh, my team could hang with that actually.

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Ben MacDonald is basically Russell Westbrook. Which sounds like an insult, and maybe it is to some extent, but Russell Westbrook would also dominate the shit out of all of us and Ben really might just do that. So it’s kind of a compliment too.

 

This is my favorite ^^ 

Wish I knew more of these names to appropriately react to these rankings, but if we really do have a last place squad this league is effing loaded.

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I’ll also chime in how surprised I am that Nestler fell to #6.  I had a clear top 3 in this league pre-draft and they were Nestler, Swecker, and Brett.  And Swecker and Brett only made that list because their my friends.

He can defensively lock down anyone 1-1 in isolation while also being an elite help defender.  I’ve never played with him (contrary to what Ian thinks), but he seems unselfish on offense to allow his teammates to thrive alongside him.  Maybe some scrubs who are afraid of making a big play could think he is too passive, but he seems to have that perfect balance to me.

I told him once a year or 2 ago that I’d love to team up with him sometime and he gave me absolutely no response.  I saw in that moment that despite his quiet demeanor that he’s got that killer “F you, I ain’t here to team up with you, I’m here to fuckin beat you” mentality inside.

Oh he was also co-MVP last time this league ran.  Someone please chime in to tell me what I’m missing here on how he slipped to #6.

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Man am I pump Bdraft is back! I have to say this year is one of the more balanced years I have seen in the league. It is tough for me to rank the teams one through eight so instead I will be giving my thoughts on what I like and dislike about each team.

Sheff

What I Like: Harding, Stahl and Lagno Or as good as a trio as any in the league this season, all three players are athletic, can run the break, and shoot. I think their top three will keep them in most games this season and I would be shocked if this team finishes last place.

What I Don’t Like: There are some deeper teams in the league this year and I’m not sure that Sheffs team has to depth to keep up with all of them. Additionally I think they could struggle against teams with two little post bags they’ll looking across rosters there’s not a ton of size that plays in the paint in the league this year.

Harry

What I Like: Swecker and Vladi may be the top duo in the league. Having the top two players on the court at any one time is a huge advantage in 4v4.

What I Dislike: The depth. Harry mortgage this bench in order to move up and get Vladi and I’m not quite sure I agree with the move. Motha will get points in the paint but isn’t a defender. Outside of Vladi, Harry doesn’t have a ton of shooting, teams will be able to sit back and just clog up the paint when Swecker drives or Motha gets a downlow touch. I am however very excited to see Harry and Motha on the court at the same time.

Roberts:

What I Like: Team Chemistry. I am a big believer in team chem in these leagues, having guys who know how to play with each other makes a huge difference. MacDonald and Haas played together for years in franchise and won multiple championships and Jet I think was on the earlier iterations of Mean Machine. They are probably the most physical team in the league on both offense and defense. I have them pegged as the most underrated team in the league based on previous power rankings.

What I Dislike: Team speed. WSNS Is a bigger basketball court meaning Haas and Roberts are going to have to be ready to run this year. Also this is another team without great outside shooting. Both their guards are drive first just a bit of an odd fit when your best shooters are your forwards.

Billy

What I Like: BBIQ. Probably the smartest BBIQ team in the league. 
Having Billy one of the only true point guards in Bdraft is a big advantage on top of that they have smart players like Leblanc and Nestler and CAC veteran Noah (despite possibly having turned into a puddle of goo). I see this team running a very efficient office with Billy appoint Noah in the blanket shooters in Nester it’s a big can step out to make shots and also act as a secondary play maker.

What I Dislike: Honestly not a whole lot. It’s true they are a bit long in the tooth but I don’t think that’s going to hurt them too bad like Noah said in a previous post guys like him and Leblanc never relied on the athleticism in the first place. I do think they could struggle a bit defensively again some of the quicker teams in the league but again that could be negated by Nestler being the premier rim protector in the league.

Cavano

What I Like: Athleticism and versatility. I drafted a team that should be able to switch on any and all screens and have plus defenders at every position. On offense Again we have versatility with six players being able to shoot three pointers while still having size to go in the post. Our teams depth should allow us to attack mismatches no matter who is on the floor.

What I Dislike: Outside of Pollock we do not have another guard on the team. As much as Dwyer and myself might fancy ourselves ball handler’s it’s really probably best to have an actual guard bringing up the ball and initiate in the offense. Again though I think the 4 v 4 set up mitigates the necessity for a point guard and we will be looking to push the pace and get out on the fast brakes every and all opportunity.

Ian

What I Like: Depth. Even took a gamble on some rookies but based on their bios I think they will pay off. Meyer in particular has potential to be a top three player in the league and if there is the case they should be the team to beat. Even if the rookies do not place advertise Matt Johnson has been improving every season and if he is your six man that you are in fantastic shape.

What I Dislike: The Unknown. Even though his rookies look good on paper what is everyone who has CAC knows rookie bio are to be taken with a grain of salt. If anyone remembers Sugarman and that dude who said he played professionally in Europe, The gap between expectations in reality can be staggering.

Kap

What I Like: Offensive fire power. Tenney is one of the best pier scores in the league and Kap is one of the best point guard who is capable of getting the most out of his players. Walker and Dodakian Fit well as tertiary scores and stronger defensive pieces. Also Tenney and Walker might lead the league in offense of rebounds.

What I Don’t Like: The possible fit between Tenney and Kap.Both players are very ball dominant and even with more touches to go around in 4 v 4 I could see some potential issues at the end of games about who should have the ball in their hands.

Civale

What I Like: Offensive fit. Civale followed the playbook for building a team around Hof to a T. Civale and Djorde are big bodies Who can set screens for Hof. Joel and Civale are both very good outside shooters which will keep defenses honest and away from doubling. Even though Djorde is not a shooter he is a strong office of rebounder and will punish teams who don’t put a body on him.

What I Dislike: defensive fit. Joel is a top-tier defender in the league but past that it gets rough. Hof is not what I would call a willing defender though I know he has it in him. 
And Djorde and Civale are not exactly rim protectors and will struggle against teams with quicker bigs. I can see this team score of 90 or giving up 90 on any given night.

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To clarify, I have not turned into a tub of goo, but I have had two kids and averaged 3.4 hours of sleep a night past two years and worked out like eight times (and played basketball twice).

That said, blistering speed, technical skill and overwhelming athleticism were never really my thing.  Pretty sure I can still hit open threes and slow motion post up on the left block.

There are enough guys in the league now that I don’t know to form a credible opinion on these power rankings, but based on who I know I like the construction of our team and our chances.  It’s rare that BPA drafting strategies work and I can see how our lineup has defined roles which I like.  Looking forward to just getting back out there.  

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Cavano, did you just have a stroke? I think you should call 911

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Cavano, did you just have a stroke? I think you should call 911  

Lol, I blame talk to text. Ain’t nobody got time to edit.

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I’ve seen Kap work with more improbable players before.

 

i.e BILLY TRASHSON!

 

Great job Ian. Nice breakdown.

A lot of chatter about the Tenney-Kap combo. Not worried in the slightest about that. My primary concern is my fat out of shape ass!

 

Should be a great season. A lot of good teams, this thing is wide open.

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I’ll also chime in how surprised I am that Nestler fell to #6.  I had a clear top 3 in this league pre-draft and they were Nestler, Swecker, and Brett.  And Swecker and Brett only made that list because their my friends.

He can defensively lock down anyone 1-1 in isolation while also being an elite help defender.  I’ve never played with him (contrary to what Ian thinks), but he seems unselfish on offense to allow his teammates to thrive alongside him.  Maybe some scrubs who are afraid of making a big play could think he is too passive, but he seems to have that perfect balance to me.

I told him once a year or 2 ago that I’d love to team up with him sometime and he gave me absolutely no response.  I saw in that moment that despite his quiet demeanor that he’s got that killer “F you, I ain’t here to team up with you, I’m here to fuckin beat you” mentality inside.

Oh he was also co-MVP last time this league ran.  Someone please chime in to tell me what I’m missing here on how he slipped to #6.  

Calm down. Pretty sure going 6 is pretty high. Not like he slipped to 15.

Not many guys who are pure buckets in this league. Casey, Hof and myself are really the only 3 I can think of.

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Russell Westbrook reporting live here. Not a bad comparison by any means if I am being honest. Really hoping i’m not the current iteration of that dude though….

What a stacked league. Half of us could be washed up but who cares. Looking forward to getting after it. The power rankings seem relatively consistent so far and they appear more agreed on than I am used to haha. That said, I can see alot of surprises as the season goes on given the talent and different combos here. Hof and Joel, Tenney & Kap, and whoever this action character is. I envision him as a Grayson Allen with all the same charm and charisma.

Very happy to be playing at an actual gym again CCC was a nightmare. I am out for the first 2 weeks so see you boys in a bit.

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