Jewish basketball team wins playoff game after Sabbath rescheduling

jewishbball640 The boys basketball team from an Orthodox Jewish school in Texas has won the semifinal game that was rescheduled so it wouldn't conflict with the Sabbath.

Beren Academy beat Dallas Covenant 58-46 on Friday afternoon.

"We are very excited," Chris Cole, Beren Academy coach told 

"We look forward to tomorrow night, being able to compete in the championship," he said.

The game was originally set for Friday night after the sunset that opens the Sabbath. Beren students say their faith prohibits participation between sunset on Friday and sunset on Saturday.

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or TAPPS, had initially rejected Beren Academy's requests to reschedule the game. But several parents filed a federal lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order requiring TAPPS to reschedule the game. TAPPS relented and changed the game time to Friday afternoon.

In a statement to Thursday, officials at Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills High School -- which was scheduled to play in Beren's absence -- said that they supported the scheduling change.

"As Beren Academy expressed support for us playing in their stead, we share our support of them in their earned Semi-Final game," the statement read. "Good Luck Stars!"

The Houston school will play in the championship game on Saturday night.

The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, roughly about an hour after the Sabbath ends, giving the team time to leave where they will be staying and have about a 30-minute warm-up, Cole said.

Cole told on Wednesday that he was hopeful a last-minute compromise on scheduling could be reached so that the boys could play in their playoff game. 

"We know that every day gets later and later, but we feel like things could be changed," Cold said. "We operate in a world of sports where things do change -- the Daytona 500 was changed, so things are possible. It's an inconvenience, we know that, but it's really a matter of desire to want to do it. That's what it comes down to."

Cole has been with The Stars for 10 years. This year's squad finished the regular season with a record of 23-5.

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