Conrad's Jordan Rook scores a basket against Narbonne (Calif.) at the Diamond State Classic

Conrad's Jordan Rook scores a basket against Narbonne (Calif.) at the Diamond State Classic

Christmas might have come and gone, but the presents of great basketball games are just about to open in Delaware and the region over the next few days.

Two basketball events in Delaware, and one just over the line in Maryland, should whet the appetites of basketball fans looking take a break from holiday gifts.

The Slam Dunk to the Beach returns to Cape Henlopen in Lewes on Friday, with three days filled with six games each.

Top-ranked Delaware squads Sanford and Dover will take part, but so will some of the nation's finest teams.

Three members of USA Today's Week 1 Super 25 in the country will play in Lewes.

No. 11 Paul VI of Virginia will face No. 23 Archbishop Stepanic of New York in a Top 25 contest Sunday at 3 p.m.

They're joined by No. 22 Roselle Catholic (New Jersey), who faces Sanford on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Traditional powers Westtown (Pennsylvania) and St. Raymond's (New York) will also hit the floor.

Fans of girls basketball will head to Wilmington's Saint E Center for the Diamond State Classic.

The benefit for the B+ Foundation tends to draw a national field, but this year there's an international flavor as Seminaire Saint-Francois from Quebec will take on Conrad in the opening round of main bracket. Ohio's Centerville High School also will come to town to open against host Saint Elizabeth.

The biggest holiday tournament requires an 8-mile trek south of the Mason-Dixon Line, as the Governor's Challenge takes place at schools from Salisbury to Princess Anne, Maryland.

120 basketball teams, boys and girls, will compete in the 6-day event.

Delaware will be represented by Caravel, Conrad, Delmar, Dover, Glasgow, Indian River, Laurel (Boys and Girls), Polytech, Sanford (Girls), Smyrna, Sussex Tech (Boys and Girls), and William Penn.

No matter which event you choose, Delaware high school basketball fans don't have to take a winter break.