The New York Basketball State League was formed when the two-year-old Hudson River League was ripped apart in October 1911 by bitter factionalism over the proposed re-election of the league president. Supporters including Lew Wachter's Troy squad, along with Catskill, Hudson, and Schenectady withdrew from the league and formed a rival organization. The only thing lacking in the phenomenal first-year success of the NYSL was any decent competition for Troy, who demolished all opposition. It was the third straight pennant for the powerful Trojans, who had also won pennants in the HRL in 1910 and 1911.
The New York State Basketball League lost its three best teams from 1922-23 and the the remaining teams’ rosters were were severely depleted as players moved to the growing Metropolitan League. The NYSBL disbanded early in the 1923-24 season.