It came against visiting Forest Park in the second quarter when the No. 11 Lakers were making the extra pass, converting the easy shots, causing turnovers and controlling the boards.
They used a 15-0 run that covered most of the 8 minutes to comfortably separate themselves from the No. 14 Foresters, and the Lakers stayed on course in the second half to come away with a 58-35 win.
Lake Clifton, which got a game-high 14 points from senior forward Cortell Henson, improved to 4-1 overall with the win. Forest Park (7-1), which was without standout junior guard Rysheed Corbin for undisclosed reasons, lost for the first time this season.
Leading 18-13 after the Foresters scored the opening basket in the second quarter, the Lakers scored 15 straight in a span of 4 minutes, 25 seconds to take a 33-13 lead late in the half.
Henson scored five points in the key stretch, Tavon Coleman scored four and Daquan Ross (11 points) had a basket and two steals. Perhaps the best play in the stretch came midway through the run when the Lakers forced a turnover and then Derek Winder made the extra pass to set up Elijah Kess (11 points) for a 3-pointer.
"We came out with a lot of intensity. We just wanted to play hard on defense and go from there, and that's what we did to get the win," Henson said.
With a 33-15 lead at the half, the Lakers, playing their first home game of the season, didn't let the Foresters back in the game. Winder converted a three-point play, added a basket in transition and Kess hit another 3-pointer for a 41-18 lead with 4:52 to play in the third quarter.
"Everythng they did on offense we had the strong defense for, and everyone played with heart and the will to win. Everybody brought something today for us," Lake Clifton coach Herman "Tree" Harried said.
Brian Hailey scored 13 points for Forest Park, while Tavon Bennett and Wayne Hill added seven apiece.
11 Lake Clifton 58, 14 Forest Park 35
FP – Hailey 13, George 2, Bennett 7, Hill 7, Benton 2, Bryson 2, Quinn 2. Totals: 14 5-12 35.
LC – Seward 4, Ross 11, Kess 11, Brown 3, Winder 9, Henson 14, Coleman 6. Totals: 24 5-11 58.
Half: LC, 33-15