There wasn't much fanfare when Henry Hurst decided to transfer from Patterson to Lake Clifton.
Another transfer, Guy Butler, who was an All-Metro pick at Woodlawn last season, had received most of the attention.
And while Butler is seen, both locally and nationally, as a key to the Lakers' success, Hurst quietly has proven to be just as valuable.
A contributor mainly on the boards for Lake Clifton, Hurst scored 18 points yesterday, helping the No. 1 Lakers to an 85-61 victory over visiting and No. 5 Southwestern, in a Baltimore City 4A League matchup.
Jimmy "B.J." Moore came off the bench to score 18 points for the Lakers (9-0, 3-0). Butler added
13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Donte Lloyd and Ernie Evans each scored 19 points to lead Southwestern.
With 14 rebounds, Hurst, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, has pulled down 72 rebounds in nine games for Lake Clifton.
But his tough defense and workman-like attitude also have benefited the Lakers.
"I haven't been really worried about points," said Hurst. "They need me to stay on the boards and play defense and the other guys to do the scoring."
Despite not getting a big scoring performance from Shawnta Rogers, who scored only 10 but had 13 assists, Lake Clifton, ranked No. 13 by USA Today, was in command from the opening tip.
At halftime, Lake Clifton, which will visit No. 6 Southern-Balto. Friday, was ahead, 44-26.
The Sabers (8-3, 2-1) could get no closer than 18 in the second
"We came out really flat," said Southwestern coach Terry Leverette, whose team attempted 10 free throws to Lake Clifton's 52.
Zel,.3l "We missed some easy shots, so that means we were too tight. We were respecting Lake too much and that wasn't good."
Lake Clifton scored the first six points of the game and led 10-2 with 5:29 left in the first quarter. The Sabers closed to within 10-6, but from there, it was all Lake Clifton.
Leading 18-10 after the opening quarter, the Lakers went on an 11-2 run, with five of those points coming from Hurst.
"Teamwork is less me and more we and we did that," said Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore.
"Henry played a fantastic game. He was aggressive on the boards and he was the difference today."