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Thomas More basketball star plays game of his life for ailing mom

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Jeremy Rauch) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Jeremy Rauch)
CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY (FOX19) -

If you looked at the box score, you would see Thomas More sophomore Daniel Williams scored 25 points in a Saints win over Transylvania, but there's so much more to what the Saints Sophomore did this week. In front of the most important fan in his life, his mom Lisa who is fighting for her life, Daniel had a career day. 

Lisa Williams is a fighter. She was diagnosed with cancer in the summer. It's now become terminal and has spread to several parts of her body, but nothing could stop her in the final stages of cancer from watching her son play one more basketball game. 

"I love her coming to my games, even before she was dying of cancer,” said Daniel Williams. “I love her coming to my games and being my support system.”

"It started with seizures last week,” said Daniel’s mom Lisa. “So, I’ve had radiation for a couple weeks and it's day to day. So, being here on the last chance possible is real special.”

The fight inside of Lisa, the toughness it takes to raise seven kids and drive from Louisville to be at one final game for her son, is the same fight Daniel plays with on the court. It's why Thomas More had a punchers chance down by five with two minutes to play. With mom watching, Daniel took over. 

"It's not a coincidence,” Thomas More head coach Drew Cooper said. “We get down five and there's not even a thought that he's not going to be the guy. He's going to be the one."

"It's amazing for her to see me and actually play well,” said Daniel. 

In this game, the most important game of his life, of her life, Daniel scored a career-high 25 points and hit the game-winning free throws
to give Thomas More a one-point win. 

"It's emotional,” Daniel said. “It's amazing having my whole family there, my other family with my teammates. I almost cried but had to hold it in."

"What was so remarkable was watching his brothers, figuratively, his teammates react to that,” said Cooper. “Not just the celebration on the floor, but guys were celebrating Daniel. You can't teach that selflessness." 

If a storybook ending implies a happy ending, this isn't storybook. But this chapter of Daniel's life, this story, is something the Williams family will always remember. 

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