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Sabbath ends Orthodox Jewish school's playoff run

By CHRIS DUNCAN

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) - An Orthodox Jewish school in Houston has found that its boys' basketball team can't play for a championship this weekend without breaking the Sabbath.  The Beren Academy advanced to the semifinals in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools' 2A tournament with a 23-5 record and was scheduled to play Dallas Covenant at 9 p.m. on Friday.

But the Beren players observe the Sabbath between Friday night and Saturday night and won't play basketball during those hours. The academy filed a written appeal to TAPPS to have their game time moved, but the agency's nine-member board unanimously voted it down.

Now the school can only hope that the private school organization has a change of heart and allows the game to be rescheduled.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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