The Eastern Basketball League snapped up the best players from the defunct CBL, with three squads transferring into the Eastern League virtually intact. Andy Sears’ Uniontown crew took over the Reading franchise, while Joe Fogarty’s CBL champion Johnstown squad moved to De Neri and the Charleroi players took over in Camden. In a carbon copy of last year’s CBL struggle, Reading depended on its smothering defense (they allowed only 24 points a game versus a league average of 30 points per game) to challenge De Neri’s productive offense. With one game left in the season, both teams were tied for the top spot with identical 29-10 records. In the last game, George Morris limited De Neri star Joe Fogarty to just one shot in forty minutes of play, to assure Reading of the victory and the season’s title. Harry Hough was at the peak of his considerable powers and Al Cooper performed with amazing efficiency in his l7th pro season. The defending champion Trenton squad, nevertheless, found it impossible to compete against the increased strength of the Reading and De Neri teams and finished a distant third. Jasper slumped to fourth place. Ex-Central Leaguers Bill Kummer and Dutch Wohlfarth were fine additions, but the play of longtime Jasper star Jack Donohue was disappointing. Weak teams in Camden and Greystock brought up the rear.