As scheduled, Beren was set to face off against Dallas (Texas) Covenant School at 9 p.m. on Friday, after sundown to begin the Sabbath. Beren officials filed an official appeal of the game time with the TAPPS state office , but that motion was denied, sending Dallas Covenant on to the state title game without having to hit a single shot in the semifinal.
Beren wasn’t quite able to reach that achievement, though no one can say the school didn’t pull out all the stops trying to find a way to make it work. The team had already rescheduled two prior playoff games to keep its magical 23-win season alive, playing a first round game against Austin (Texas) Hill Country School at 8 p.m. on a Saturday evening (after Sabbath was officially over) and moving the start time of its third-round game from 7:30 p.m. to noon on Friday.
Victories in those matchups set up a shocking semifinal for Beren, a tiny Orthodox Jewish school of just 67 total students in Houston. At 23-5, the 2011-12 campaign finished as unquestionably the best in school history, even if students are now left feeling cheated out of a potential state title game appearance by devotion to the very faith they share.