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Northville senior battling cancer takes the court

Updated: 12/28/2013 8:41 AM
Created: 12/28/2013 12:31 AM WNYT.com
By: Nicole Hart

NORTHVILLE-- With the sound of the buzzer, 17-year-old Tim Monette, is off running. Just seconds later, the Northville High School senior scores the first basket of the game.

"There's no words to describe it. I think everyone in the gym was thinking the same thing I was. You can't write stories like that." head coach, John Karbowski says proudly.

Friday night was the first time Tim has his the court this season. He's been watching from the sidelines after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Tim tells NewsChannel 13, his teammates were thrilled to have Tim suit up again. "They're really happy that I was back. They've missed me. I was happy to be back."

With no hesitation, Tim Played his heart out. "Here's a kid who is going through so much-- he's diving all over the ball for loose balls. I mean, he was all over the place." said Coach Karbowski "That's the time of kid he is."

In a humble response, Tim said, "I felt really good. I thought I was going to do a little better but, it happens."

Monette had playing time in all four periods. As the game was winding down, Karbowski benched Tim. As number 23 made his was off of the court, the whole gymnasium was on their feet.

"It made me really happy that everybody was supporting me and was happy that I was out there." Monette says about the standing ovation he received.

Coach talked about the moment he took Tim out. "The thing with Tim is, he never wants to come out. You know, he never wants to come out of the game. We took it easy on him tonight but he didn't show one thing. He was diving all over the floor, he was all over the place.

As far as the support Tim got, he responded with this: "thanks for the support. I love you guys."

Northville lost to Duanesburg Friday night with a final score of 46-58. The Falcons are scheduled to play a game on Saturday night and Tim has clearance from his doctor to participate in that game, too. Even though Monette admitted he was worn out after the game, he said he is ready for the next one.

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