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HOUSTON Their hoop dreams have come true: The Beren Academy varsity basketball team will play in the state 2-A semi-finals.

We were ecstatic. Some of the teachers came out to the halls and be a little quieter. We worked for this for a long time and it s great to see that hard work really does pay off, said Beren Academy basketball player Issac Buchine.

The Houston Jewish Orthodox day school was thrust into the national spotlight after they opted to forfeit a game that fell on Shabbat.

It didn t really come across our minds, it was like, shoot the game is on our Sabbath, hopefully it s going to get moved, said Beren basketball player Isaac Mirwis

The school twice appealed to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools or TAPPS to have the time changed, but they denied the appeals.

It wasn t until parents filed a lawsuit that the TAPPS board changed its mind.

Surprise, shock basically, because this is something we have tried to do all week, said Beren Academy basketball coach Chris Cole. We were delighted they had a change of heart, but at the same time, disappointed that it came down to a lawsuit because they had a chance to do this earlier in the week.

Beren parent Walter Katz, whose son is on the team, says it s been a crazy and challenging week for the team.

He just walked away from here and said, Dad it was like a media event I was just in, said Katz. I thought it was great. You never know how your children are going to react to adversity and all the things that he said, and I read that he said, were a pleasure.

The team is set to play Dallas Covenant at 2 p.m. Friday at Nolan High School in Fort Worth.

If Beren wins, the championship game will be played after Shabbat ends on Saturday.

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