De La Salle High basketball coach Frank Allocco earned his 600th career win Friday night with a 64-29 victory over visiting Livermore in the East Bay Athletic League.
Then Allocco dished off the credit to "the kids."
"That's what makes it so rewarding," said Allocco, whose team clinched at least a tie for the league title. "It's not so much a strategy as it's just getting kids to love each other and compete for each other."
Making the night more special for Allocco was that he received a plaque for the achievement and his parents were in the stands.
Allocco, 59, has a 600-83 career record as a varsity coach. His first 167 wins came at Northgate (1991-1997), where he won a state championship in 1995 and a Northern California title in 1996. He has 433 wins at De La Salle (1997-present), including state championships in 2000 and 2006 and NorCal titles in 2004 and 2011.
De La Salle senior stalwart Elliott Pitts, who had 12 points, explained Allocco's success.
"I think he just loves his teams more than any other coach," Pitts said. "He's just so close with us. He loves us, and we love him, and that's why we play for him."
The Spartans (24-3, 11-1) lead Monte Vista by two games with two league games to go.
And the future looks bright for the Spartans, whose impressive freshmen trio of Devin Asiasi, Nikhil Peters and Jordan Ratinho combined for 14 points and ran like floor like upperclassmen.
Senior guard Michael
The Cowboys (13-11, 3-9) were led by Ryan Sturtz's and Jason Morant's six points apiece.
Allocco becomes the 29th varsity boys basketball coach in the state with 600 wins.
Bishop O'Dowd 64, Berkeley 53: The Dragons took control early and held off a late rally by the host Yellowjackets to claim a share of the West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division league championship.
O'Dowd has two more chances to clinch the outright title, including a Wednesday game with second-place San Leandro.
The first time O'Dowd and Berkeley met this year, the Dragons (21-3, 11-0 WACC) barely escaped 76-73 at home. This time, the Dragons dominated the first three quarters to earn their 13th consecutive win.
O'Dowd went on an 18-0 run to close the first quarter, then added to the lead by holding Berkeley (13-11, 6-5 WACC) scoreless for the first five minutes of the second quarter.
The Dragons led 51-25 after three, but Berkeley made the score respectable with a 28-point fourth quarter.
Sophomore Ivan Rabb made an impact at both ends of the floor for O'Dowd, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks.
In one sequence during the big first-half run, Rabb swatted a shot, then threw down a dunk on the Dragons' ensuing possession.
Michael Perri added 15 points for O'Dowd.
"What I liked the most is at times it looked like we were really in sync," O'Dowd coach Lou Richie said. "We haven't looked like that a lot this year, so I was very happy about that."
Saturday, the Dragons will get a look at a possible NorCal playoff opponent when they travel to Modesto Christian. Both Division III teams are eligible for the new Open Division playoffs.
Justyce Key scored 13 points to lead Berkeley.
-- Stephanie Hammon
Bishop O'Dowd 2, Mt. Eden 0: Stanford-bound Ryan Walker-Hartshorn scored less than two minutes into the first half, and that proved to be the only goal the Dragons needed as they beat the host Monarchs to clinch the WACC-Foothill Division title outright.
Nicole Mitchell also scored for Bishop O'Dowd (20-2-1, 15-1 WACC-Foothill), which will likely receive a high seed for next week's North Coast Section Division II playoffs. The Dragons are the defending section champions.
Mt. Eden finished the regular season with a 7-10-5 overall record and a 4-9-3 mark in league play.