The newly formed Connecticut State Basketball League began play in January of 1918. With most of the other leagues inactive, the new circuit showcased many New York metropolitan area stars including Nat Holman, Dutch Dehnert, Chris Leonard, Eddie White, Ernie Reich and Barney Sedran. The league benefited from a blistering battle for first place. In mid-March all four teams in the circuit were deadlocked with identical .500 records. Led by beefy stars, Garry Schmeelk and Frank Bruggy, Ansonia, took the title by closing out the season with five straight victories.