Irving Tigers, Who Lost At State, Win At Home With Surprise Bobby Portis Visit

Thursday, February 15, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Chicago Bulls power forward Bobby Portis visits Irving Middle School on Feb. 14. | Courtesy District 89 

The Maywood Irving Tigers basketball team has been riding on a cloud lately. The team made history on Feb. 7, when they defeated Calumet City Dolton, 42 to 38, during a game in Markham to advance to the Elite 8 in the Illinois Elementary School Association’s state basketball tournament.

The Tigers were the first team in the history of Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89 to go that far in the IESA’s tournament, which was held in Urbana last week.

The Tigers may have fallen to Bolingbrook Jane Addams, 52 to 44, during first round action, but they haven’t stopped floating on cloud nine.

On Feb. 14, students at the school got a special Valentine’s Day gift from Chicago Bulls power forward Bobby Portis, who stopped in during a surprise visit.

Irving isn’t a stranger to NBA players stopping by the school’s gymnasium. Last year, according to the Chicago Tribune, former Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo was spooted playing pickup games at the school, located at 805 S. 17th Ave., in Maywood. VFP

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One thought on “Irving Tigers, Who Lost At State, Win At Home With Surprise Bobby Portis Visit”

  1. Thanks Mr. Scott for knowing Mr. Reggie Brown(agent) who is Mr. Portis agent, for having Mr. Portis come and pay our kids a visit. We like to thank Mr. Brown for setting up the visit, the kids needed that uplift. The Maywood kids always received negative attention, but today was a blessing. Mr. Brown can you bless us with one of our native guys “Sterlin Brown” who played in this gym while playing in district 89. I learned Mr. Brown you is also Sterlin and Shannon Brown agent also, not that we wasn’t happy with Mr. Portis. I think the kids should’ve took the picture with Mr. Portis, instead of the staff. Mr. Portis came for the kids..thank you.

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