CBL half-term recap – who is leading the way in 2022/23?

The College Basketball League has hit the halfway stage of the 2022/23 season as teams battle for a place in the Final at Manchester’s National Basketball Performance Centre in March. 

Outside Tier 1 competition in the EABL, two teams from the CBL’s Tier 2 remain unbeaten as the competition hots up. 

We take a look at the story of the season so far in the newly rebranded competition before the action restarts after the Christmas break.

Tier 2 – Pool A 

All bar one team in Pool A has a win on the board – but Shenley Brook End School (5 Dimensions Trust) have six to lead the way in the standings. 

Guard Robertas Barkauskas (19EFF, 17.6PPG, 60%FG) is the standout for the unbeaten Milton Keynes side, who’s +259 points difference suggests they are coasting towards success. 

Carmel College (4-1) and Stoke-on-Trent College (4-2) will want to have something to say about that in the second half of the season, when Priestley College will be looking to a grab a first win. 


Tier 2 – Pool B 

In Pool B there is a three-way tussle between New City College (6-1) and Crest Academy (5-1) with Holy Trinity School (5-2) on their coattails. 

Reigning champions Dagenham are currently off the pace (2-3) with a lot to do to be in with a shot of returning to Manchester. 


Tier 2 – Pool C 

Haringey are making a determined bid to be back in the Final with Tier 2’s only other unbeaten record. 

The Londoners are 6-0 in pursuit of another shot at the crown after losing out to Dagenham in last season’s final ABL showcase. 

Haringey big Chudi Dioramma is currently the most efficient player in Tier 2 (36.6EFF, 22.6PPG, 63%FG) with his teammate Michael Osuji not far behind (30.4EFF, 22PPG, 61.6%FG). 

Bracknell and Wokingham College (6-1) are fighting to keep pace with their only reverse a one-point home defeat to Haringey last month.  

It looks like it’s going to be a two-horse race with the next best teams – College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London and Riverside Sixth Form – shipping three and four losses respectively already. 


Tier 3 

There are plenty of unbeaten teams across the five groups in the third tier. 

In the East group Greatfields School (6-0) top the pile, while in North, Manchester Giants Academy (8-0) lead the way. 

South East top dogs are Northfleet Technology College (6-0), with St Thomas the Apostle (5-0) just behind them, while in West, Capital City Academy (7-0) hold the No.1 spot. 

In South Worthing College (5-1) hold the lead with only one game dropped.