Cage Makes Most Of Senior Day

The first-time starting lineup of Anthony Brock, Mikhail Torrance, Justin Knox, Chris Hines and Greg Cage included the latter because of Senior Day. Cage got on the board with a put-back to get his team to within 6-4. Two hours later, Alabama had a 73-61 win over its cross-state rivals from Lee County.

But Greg Cage wasn't done. He re-entered the game in the final minute, and followed his own blocked three-point attempt to get another bucket and end his Alabama basketball career on a happy, up-beat note.

"Really happy for Greg," said Bama Coach Anthony Grant. "He got an opportunity to significantly contribute. What better way to finish your career than scoring on Senior Day against your rival."

While Cage hasn't made a big stir in Alabama basketball games in his career, he has been outstanding in the classroom with his undergraduate degree earned in three years and graduate degree work nearly complete.

Fellow senior Mikhail Torrance said, "It was great. You can't ask for anything more. We gave them one at Auburn, and to be a senior, and the last regular season for us, you cant' ask for more.

"I was so happy for him. He comes into practice every day with a great attitude. I just wish he would have shot a little more there at the end."

"I'm very proud of him," said the third senior, Anthony Brock. "He's been here a while. I'm just happy for him.

"I'm happy for our team, too."

Chris Hines, a junior college transfer originally from Evergeen, stepped up big-time, and his back-to-back hoops with 3:59 forced a time out by Auburn Coach Jeff Lebo as the scores gave Bama it's first double-digit lead at 57-46.

"We really didn't get anything from our inside guys today," said Lebo.

"At the right point in the season, we finally understand what it takes to close out games," Torrance said. "The coaches did a great job of scouting. We knew what they were running, and we just locked down."

It was a new look Tide from more than just a lineup perspective. Bama came out for the first time in gray uniforms. "We've had them all year, and our director of basketball ops, Tony Pujols, reminded me of it. Our seniors voted to wear them, and were very excited about it," said Grant. (Nike commonly gives its member schools alternate uniforms, but Bama has in the past chosen not to use them in most sports.)

Brock said he and Torrance indeed made the call to go with the new look. As to why the gray uniforms have sat in storage all year, "You're guess is as good as mine," Torrance said.

Said a grinning Grant: "You may see them again."

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