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Thomas Duran scores winner for Manhasset in OT

Manhasset's Thomas Duran (9) drives from behind the

Manhasset's Thomas Duran (9) drives from behind the net against Smithtown's Austin Baiardi (33) in the first half of a game on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Smithtown. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Manhasset found trouble behind the cage in the final minute, as it failed to run out the clock against the double- and triple-teams of a desperate Garden City defense. The Trojans turned the turnover into a game-tying goal by J.P. Basile with 26 seconds left that forced overtime.

But in the extra period, from the same spot on the field, Manhasset found paradise.

Jack Keogh flicked a perfect pass to a cutting Thomas Duran in front of the net and Duran buried the shot 1:16 into overtime to give the Chiefs a thrilling 8-7 victory over their longtime rival Garden City on Tuesday night in a Nassau B semifinal at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.

The Indians (12-4) advance to Tuesday's championship game at 8 p.m. at Hofstra against the winner of Wednesday night's Lynbrook-South Side game. The Trojans finished 11-7.

"We had run that play a lot during the game and coach called it," said Keogh, who had two assists. "We knew they'd come back. They're such a well-coached team."

Garden City erased a 7-5 deficit to force overtime. Conor Muldoon scored his second of the game, unassisted, with 4:06 left to make it 7-6. Then the Trojans' defense, led by Thomas Wright, used a triple team to get the ball back in the final minute, allowing Basile to collect a rebound in front and score the equalizer.

Tyler Dunn, who scored a goal and an assist for Manhasset, scrapped with James Sullivan for the critical faceoff to start overtime. The Chiefs gained possession when long-stick middie Ben Cirella, who had scored a sparkling coast-to-coast goal in the second quarter, scooped up the ground ball.

Manhasset coach Bill Cherry called timeout and then called on Keogh and Duran, who had a hat trick, to work their magic. "We were confident when overtime began because we had started moving the ball better," Duran said. "This is a great feeling."

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