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Parkview Baptist's Nehemiah Johnson takes a shot against Loyola on March 2, 2020, at Parkview Baptist.

Parkview Baptist boys basketball coach Jermaine Williams refers to Nehemiah Johnson as a “late bloomer.”

The 6-foot-5 senior joined the Parkview program last year after his previous school, The Church Academy, closed. Since joining the Eagles after the 2020 football season, Johnson has found ways to close out opponents.

Johnson scored 31 points — making 11 of 14 from the field — in Class 3A Parkview’s 79-66 road win over 1A power White Castle on Tuesday night. Johnson, who is averaging 20 points and nine rebounds per game, also had seven rebounds.

“He is a guy who keeps getting better,” Williams said. “Because this is his second season with us, he understands what we do better. We are just now getting our football players in shape. Things are starting to come together for us.”

As Williams notes, there is time for the Eagles (13-7) to get all the pieces in place. While some districts will play one round of district games, District 7-3A, which also includes powerhouses University High and Madison Prep, is opting for a regular-season tourney next month.

Meanwhile, Parkview is staying busy, playing at Woodlawn on Wednesday and then hosting Capitol on Friday.

Big Thursday

It's a big day for Class 3A U-High (19-2) and Class 2A Port Allen (9-4). The teams will meet at about 7 p.m. Thursday at U-High. The Cubs top the Division II select power ratings. Port Allen is the reigning 2A champion.

An East Baton Rouge Parish tournament rematch also is set for Thursday as Class 5A Scotlandville (16-2) hosts Southern Lab (14-7). Also set for Thursday is Jehovah-Jireh (13-8) at Madison Prep (6-2).

Saturday showcase

Madison Prep will host the Madison Prep Round-up  starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The showcase opens with Jehovah-Jireh vs. Menard, followed by East Ascension vs. Country Day at 3:15 p.m.

Action concludes with East St. John vs. Baker at 4:45 p.m. and MPA vs. unbeaten Carver at 6:30 p.m.

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