2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 2/8/2018 9:24 PM

Toolsie’s career night lifts Elgin over Streamwood

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By Allen Oshinski
Daily Herald Correspondent

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.

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