EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

December 19, 2012

Methuen's Bueno leads one of state's youngest clubs

Senior guard captain of one of state's youngest teams

METHUEN — It would be nearly impossible for two teams to have less in common than last year’s and this year’s Methuen High basketball teams.

In 2011-12, five of the top seven players were seniors. This year’s squad has one returning starter and the five other returning lettermen are just sophomores.

That starter is senior guard Nathan Bueno. For that, second-year Ranger head coach Matt Curran is eternally grateful.

“It’s kind of a unique situation,” said Curran, whose team opens up play in the 38th annual Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney tomorrow night against Lawrence. “For him, it’s probably not an ideal situation. We’re lucky to have him. He’s been great.

“Since the day last season ended, he’s been our captain. He gives kids rides. He’s a true leader. He’s setting the example. He’s setting the bar pretty high. He goes hard every day. He’s non-stop. He’s a very respectful, hard-working kid. I love the kid. He’s what you want in your captain and leader.”

Bueno, who is the team’s lone captain, had his leadership skills put to the test from the get-go. The Rangers bolted to a 17-3 lead at Tewksbury only to see the Redmen storm back for a 68-64 season-opening win on Friday.

“I just told them, ‘It’s a long road. There are 19 more to go. We’ll get better. Keep your heads up,’” said the wise-beyond-his-years Bueno.

It’s flattering to be considered a highly respected leader, but Bueno can play, too.

He had 15 points in the opener and added six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

“He’s our best defensive player, he handles the ball,” said Curran. “He’s worked at it. The knock on him was his jump shot. He’s developed as an all-around point guard who can bring the ball up, can take it to the rim and has the jumper to complete his game. And for someone his size (5-10, 150) he’s one of our toughest kids and one of our best rebounders. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam SNC Minute: Phils lose; Lee set to return Eagles less than a week away from training camp Could Cliff Lee's health affect trade value? McCarthy and Stairs break down the Phillies' loss
Boston Sports
Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Shaughnessy: Dont count out the Sox just yet Blakely: Projecting the Celtics roster Daopolous: How will NFL cracking down on Defensive holding affect games? Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam Curran: Did the Patriots make a mistake by drafting Garoppolo?