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Jewish School Wins Playoff Game Reset For Friday

FORT WORTH (March 2, 2012) -- 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.

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.

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


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