Paulsboro's Lundy scores 2,000th point

Pausboro's Xavier Lundy protects the ball from Woodbury's Jeray Gamble (4) in the fourth quarter of the Woodbury at Paulsboro H.S. boys basketball game on January 17, 2013. Paulsboro won the game 77-73. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)

Senior forward Xavier Lundy scored his 2,000th high school point in style Thursday, hitting the milestone on a dunk in the third quarter of Paulsboro's 73-54 road win over Delsea in nonleague boys' basketball.

Lundy, The Inquirer's 2012 South Jersey Player of the Year, finished the game with 18 points and now sits at 2,009.

Delsea called a timeout after the emphatic jam, letting Lundy enjoy his moment before continuing with the game.

"They announced it, the team came out to shake his hand, then we went about our business," Red Raiders coach Sean Collins said. "He's a low-key kid. That's about as much as he wanted."

Lundy has sacrificed his scoring for the good of the team this season, averaging 19 points for The Inquirer's second-ranked team in South Jersey after scoring more than 25 a game last season.

"He's one of the best young kids that I've ever come across, both from a teaching standpoint and a coaching standpoint," Collins said. "He's a better person than he is a player."

Paulsboro will honor Lundy with a ceremonial basketball on Feb. 26, before their home playoff game against Maple Shade, but the 21-1 Red Raiders have a tough weekend ahead of them first.

In the Cherry Hill East Tournament, Paulsboro will face 11-7 Camden on Saturday and battle 18-1 Atlantic City on Sunday in a showdown between the top two teams in South Jersey.

Lundy's offensive versatility will be vital to Paulsboro's keeping its momentum as the season winds down.

"He's really developed from his freshman year, being strictly a post player, to now growing out onto the perimeter," Collins said. "He can do everything for us now."

The 6-foot-5 Lundy is undecided where he will play next season, and counts Long Island University, Hofstra, and Rider among his options.