Troy — It was there for the taking. All Troy had to do was win its final two games, both at home, and it would clinch the Oakland Activities Association White Division title outright.
Oak Park 6-foot-7 sophomore Kelvon Fuller had other plans.
Fuller blocked Chris Dorsey’s shot with four seconds left, and Fuller got the rebound to give Oak Park a 47-46 victory on Tuesday.
“It was kind of scary,” Fuller said. “I figured I’d go right at him. Me and Rodney (Scales) went at him. Coach (Bryant Tipton) told us to deny him the ball.”
After a timeout, Dorsey, who led Troy with 17 points and 11 rebounds, inbounded the ball to Austin Perry with 12.6 seconds left.
“We tried to get (Dorsey) the ball after he inbounded it,” coach Gary Fralick said. “Eventually we did get it to him. He has to go a little stronger. That (was) a finesse move.”
Dorsey drove the right baseline, made a nice spin move, but couldn’t get the shot over Fuller.
Troy (14-5, 10-3) can clinch at least a share of the division title with a victory over Birmingham Seaholm on Thursday.
Oak Park (9-6, 9-4) needs a victory at home against Birmingham Groves that same night to keep its hopes for a title alive.
Oak Park led throughout the first half, and Marcellius Pittman gave his team its largest lead, 21-10, with a 3-point play with 7:07 left.
Troy came back and trailed 29-26 at halftime and ultimately tied the game at 35-35 on Joe McConachie’s 3-pointer with 1:42 left in the third quarter.
Perry’s 3-pointer gave Troy its only lead, 38-37, with 6:49 remaining.
Oak Park’s superior size was the difference in the final 3:30. Scales, an inch taller than Fuller, got a defensive rebound and fed Ja’Christian Biles for a dunk and a 43-40 Oak Park lead.
With 2:45 left, Scales repeated the end-to-end play, only this time it was Fuller who completed the play with a dunk, pushing the lead to five.
Scales’ layup off a nifty pass from Orlando Fikes gave Oak Park a 47-42 lead with 1:57 remaining. Oak Park’s defense finished the job.
“That’s a big team we played,” Fralick said. “We hustled. We’re not that big. We have to let it go and look to Thursday.”
Fuller had 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Scales had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Oak Park held a 45-33 edge in rebounds.
“We found a way to pull it out,” Tipton said. “We’re trying to find the chemistry going into the districts. These types of games have really helped us prepare for the tournament.”
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Detroit News staff contributed