At least one person was feeling hot Thursday night.
With Snowmageddon 2018 arriving outside Streamwood High School, Elgin's Dan Toolsie was heating things up inside. Toolsie poured in a career-high 34 points to lead the Maroons past the Sabres, 58-49, in the Upstate Eight River.
Elgin (9-15, 2-9) used runs of 13-2 and 10-2 in the second half to take control after trailing at halftime. It was the Maroons' second straight come-from-behind win and fourth in a row overall.
Toolsie made six 3-pointers and had two dunks, and went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter as the Maroons held off a Sabres' rally. He also grabbed 7 rebounds.
Keenon Cole posted 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Sabres, who saw their Senior Night spoiled by the visitors from Elgin. Lamont Cole added 11 points, Nikola Sinik 10 and Zack Marquez 9 for Streamwood (11-17, 0-11).
Toolsie realized he was in for a big night "in the first quarter, when my first two 3s went in," he said. He previously had a pair of 33-point games.
It wasn't always pretty for the Maroons, who had 22 turnovers. They trailed 26-24 after an up-and-down first half.
"I really didn't say much at halftime," said Elgin coach Mike Sitter. "The assistant coaches talked but I didn't say anything, because they knew what they did wrong. What are you going to say? They knew the effort wasn't there. You can't coach that. I can coach Xs and Os, I can put in different players and substitutions, but I can't coach effort. That's on them."
With Elgin trailing 30-26 early in the second half, a Trey Yarber 3-pointer ignited the Maroons' first big run. Toolsie's 3-pointer capped the spurt and put the Maroons in front 39-32. The second run stretched the advantage to 51-38 with 4 minutes left and Elgin salted the game away at the free-throw line.
Roy Panthier added 6 points and John Fortmann and Yarber had 5 apiece for the Maroons.