Clay Compton scored a team-high 23 points and Danny Robison corralled 16 rebounds as the duo led the AA South squad to its second consecutive Crowne Plaza Senior Classic title with a 72-55 win over their counterparts from the C North on Saturday at the Billings Senior High Gym.
Robison added 18 points to go with his monsterous performance on the boards while Compton knocked down four three-point baskets on an otherwise cold-shooting day.
"It was a very competitve, fun atmosphere for the kids," said AA South head coach Doug Robison. "They were very well-coached and athletic. It was a lot of fun."
AA South appeared to be in control early when they used a 12-3 run -- that was keyed by seven points from Compton -- over the final 4:36 of the first quarter as they built a 24-14 advantage.
But from there, 5-foot-10 point guard Dylan Woodhall took over the second stanza to help stake his C North teammates to a 38-33 lead at halftime.
Woodhall slashed and shot his way past the AA South defense to the tune of 18 points in the quarter -- 16 in the final six minutes -- as the Stanford-Geyser product displayed a willingness to attack the basket and ability to knock down mid-range jumpers.
"He's a great player," said Doug Robison. "He really provided a spark for them in the second quarter and we struggled to contain him."
But as hot as Woodhall was in the second quarter, he and his teammates were equally as cold in the final 20 minutes as they made just five field goals in the second half.
After taking their largest lead of the day on a pair of Woodhall free throw's -- his final points of the game -- with 7:20 to play in the third, C North made just one field goal over the game's next nine minutes as AA South erupted for a 25-4 run to put the game away.
And much like the opening spurt, the game-clinching run was keyed by Compton, who scored 16 points during the outburst.
Paulo Giacomelli's bucket with 1:50 left in the third pulled C North to within two at 50-48, but they could get no closer as the AA South reeled of the next 13 points before Chance Muretta hit a three with 4:30 to play in the game.
"The second half we started hitting some shots and played better defensively," Doug Robison added. "But it wasn't easy. They played very hard and smart as a team."
All but three of AA South players -- Billings Seniors' Luke Reinschmidt, Randy Karls and Chad Newell -- hailed from West, which capped a 22-1 season last weekend in Bozeman with the State AA Championship.
"From a parent's perspective, you like these types of events because it gives the chance for the Billings kids to play together one last time on the same team before heading off to college," Doug Robison said. "A lot of them grew up playing Little League together and things like that, so this was fun to be able to coach them one last time."
Led by West's Sesar Bonilla and Skyview's Danny Little, AA South held off B West by a score of 84-79 in last year's title game.