Basketball team's hidden stash

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COLUMBIA - The Final Four-bound Harrisburg boys' basketball team has been keeping a secret. 

Back in January, after a tough loss to Father Tolton in the MFA Oil Shootout at Mizzou Arena, the team hit a low point. Morale was down, and, as the team entered the visitors' locker room, head coach Steve Combs concocted a plan. 

"I took out 20 dollars and said, 'I'm gonna bet that we're gonna be back here'," he said.

The boys emptied their pockets and pooled together more than $80. They stuffed the money in a cup and hid it above a ceiling tile in the locker room, betting that they would be back for the State Championship.

Now, the team is headed to the Final Four after beating Clopton by a single point last Saturday. 

The team held a shoot around in the practice gym at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday, and was granted access to that same visitors' locker room. 

After a few moments of suspense, Coach Combs found the cup, still hidden in the ceiling. The players erupted in cheers. 

The Bulldogs face Crane High School at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Hearnes Center.