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De La Salle coach Frank Allocco.

Not taking anything away from legendary (recently retired) football coach Bob Ladouceur, but De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) also has an outstanding boys basketball coach.

On Friday night, Frank Allocco posted his 600th coaching victory as the Spartans (24-3) employed their usual strangling defense to defeat Livermore (Calif.), 64-29. Senior guard Mike Inman was the high scorer with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and the future looks bright with three freshmen making contributions.

The 59-year-old Allocco, who has won three state championships, has lost just 83 times. He is only the 29th boys basketball coach in California history to reach 600 victories.

Allocco told the Oakland Tribune that his success is all about the players.

"That's what makes it so rewarding," he explained. "It's not so much a strategy as it's just getting kids to love each other and compete for each other."

The veteran coach obviously has gotten his players to buy into his philosophy, because senior Elliott Pitts related, "I think he just loves his teams more than any other coach. He's just so close with us. He loves us, and we love him, and that's why we play for him."