With new basketball life, the Beren Academy (Houston, Texas)
Stars lost in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class 2A state championship game Saturday night.
At Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth)
High School, Abilene Christian
scored a 46-42 victory over Beren Academy, which made national news last week when players and parents of the team filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against TAPPS for not amending a schedule.
Beren was originally scheduled to play a semifinal game 9 p.m. Friday but that conflicted with the Jewish observation of the Sabbath, or Shabbat. When the school and team informed TAPPS it could not play at that time
, Beren was forced to forfeit.
But a temporary restraining order
filed Thursday against TAPPS forced the organization to reschedule the game that day and Beren Academy defeated Covenant 58-46 to move into Saturday night's final against Abilene Christian, which according to the Houston Chronicle got 14 points each from Ben George and Daniel Austin.
Beren Academy (24-6) received 15 points apiece from Isaac Mirwis
and Zach Yoshor
Despite the loss, Rabbi Harry Sinoff, the head of Beren Academy, saw the entire experience as a win.
"We feel this was a success," Sinoff told the Chronicle. "We got to compete in a basketball game, but the whole experience for the school was really remarkable. It brought the community together. Sometimes you don't have an event like this to do that. We're not pioneers. We just thought it was right for us to play. It was good for basketball."
Beren coach Chris Cole told the Chronicle: "We had our chance. The week was crazy. But in the end, I'm not going to say that had anything to do with it. We got our chance on the court."