The 33rd annual WOBM Christmas Classic returns to the Pine Belt Arena next month and Tournament Director Kevin Williams has announced the teams that will make up the biggest holiday basketball tournament in the shore and state which begins the weekend of December 17-18. RWJBarnabas Health returns as the presenting sponsor of the 7-day, 52-game WOBM Classic.

The boys’ field of 16 schools is the same as it was last year when Manasquan beat Toms River North in the championship game with the help of Devin Jensen and Tommy Sheehan who both return for the Warriors. The Mariners will likely be among the team seeds thanks to the return of players like Jaden Rhoden, Darrion Carrington and Mike Nyisztor. The remainder of the boys’ teams competing in the 7-day tournament are Brick Memorial, Donovan Catholic, Freehold Township, Jackson Memorial, Lacey, Manchester, Marlboro, Middletown South, Point Boro, Red Bank Catholic, St. Rose, Toms River East, Toms River South and Wall.

The girls division offers a very different look as gone is three-time defending champion Manasquan along with perennial challengers Middletown South, Red Bank Catholic and Jackson Memorial. Taking their sports are newcomers Ewing, Monroe, Neptune and Red Bank Regional. They join Brick Memorial, Central, Colts Neck, Donovan Catholic, Freehold Township, Manchester, Point Boro, Sayreville, Toms River East, Toms River North, Toms River South and Wall.  It promises to be the most wide-open girls’ tournament in many years.

The pairings for the 33rd annual WOBM Christmas Classic will be announced on December 12th.