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T. C. Titans Win Parker-Gray Memorial Game - Source Alexandria News

Posted on Dec 21,2012
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Parker-Gray versus Hoffman-Boston tipoff (Photo: Katie Smythe)

Source Alexandria News

By Katie Smythe

ALEXANDRIA, VA. –  The T. C. Williams High School girls and boys basketball teams defeated Wakefield High School on Dec. 15, in the annual Parker-Gray memorial game.  The T. C. girls won 31-27 in the first game, followed by the boys who won 56-48 to cap off the doubleheader.

The annual match up of cross-town rivals continues today, carrying on a 60-year old tradition. In the 1950’s during racial segregation, the face off was between the two local African-American high schools, Parker-Gray in Alexandria and Hoffman-Boston in Arlington. Their first game was on Jan. 13, 1950.  Today, the game is played between T. C. Williams and Wakefield.  The players on both the boys and girls teams from both schools wear throwback uniforms of the Parker-Gray Bulldogs and the Hoffman-Boston Trojans with names and numbers of standout players from a different era.

In Saturday’s game, T. C. senior Landon Moss was wearing the uniform of No. 5 Earl Lloyd, a Parker-Gray graduate (Class of 1946) for whom the T. C. basketball court is named.  Lloyd was the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, in the 1950-51 NBA season.  One former Parker-Gray player who attended the Dec. 15th game was treated to a court-side seat and recognized at half-time as a returning Bulldog alumni.

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