Hall Elisias, Dimitri Badette lead Valley Stream South to first county final
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There will be an all-new look to the Nassau A boys basketball final.
No. 4 Valley Stream South rode the low-post play of Hall Elisias and Dimitri Badette, who scored 14 points each, to a 55-40 victory over No. 9 Carey Monday night in the second Nassau A semifinal.
The Falcons (17-3) earned their first trip to the county championship game, where they will face another newcomer, Hewlett, which routed Floral Park, 82-47, in the opener.
"It feels great to know that no one's ever done that here," said Elisias, a 6-5 sophomore who also dominated the glass with 18 rebounds. He and Badette, a 6-4 senior finally getting to enjoy a deep playoff run, allowed the Falcons to control the paint.
Valley Stream South placed four starters in double figures. William Knight scored 12 points and sophomore point guard Dana King added 11. Dylan DeMeo, a starting receiver on Carey's Long Island championship football team, led the Seahawks (13-7) with 14 points.
"We're a very versatile team," Badette said. "We have guys who can shoot, pass, rebound and play defense."
Valley Stream South wrested control of the game early with an opening 10-3 run. That burst was sparked by Elisias, who scored on back-to-back, crowd-pleasing dunks.
"That's why I do them," Elisias said with a smile when asked about the clear impact on the crowd and his teammates of those rim-rockers.
Carey cut a 16-point halftime deficit to 10 at 46-36 with five minutes left, but King hit a turnaround in the lane and a runner on the Falcons' next two possessions and the Seahawks were silenced the rest of the way.
"We deserve to play with the best," Badette said.
And for the first time in school history, the Falcons will get a chance to prove they are the best on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Adelphi in the Nassau A title game.