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NEW YORK — The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy.

After having an opponent cancel for a third time this season, Temple head coach Michael Thomas sent out a message into the high school basketball-sphere earlier this week in hopes of getting the Wildcats — who played just twice during the first 14 days of the season — some action.

Richardson, the second-ranked team in Class 6A according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ poll, answered and made its way to Wildcat Gym on Saturday afternoon.