With only four games remaining in the qualifying phase and with a four-way tie for first place, nothing is yet decided in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB).
And it is that the distance between those four and those who occupy the positions, five, six, seven and eight is just one, two and three games.
The Cañeros del Este (4-8) are in last place, but they still have a chance, but in their case they will have to depend on others.
And it is that his hope goes through the defeats of the Marineros de Puerto Plata (5-7), Reales de La Vega (5-7) and Metros de Santiago (6-6).
The top of the standings is shared by the Indios de San Francisco de Macorís, Titanes del Distrito Nacional, Soles de Santo Domingo Este and Leones de Santo Domingo, all with a record of 7-5.
San Francisco, led by Juan Miguel Suero and Breein Tyler, is the team that is finishing the best with four wins in a row.
The Soles, under the veteran management of coach Julio César Javier (Ayata), have a string of two wins.
On the other side of the coin appear the Marineros de Puerto Plata with four consecutive defeats that caused the cessation of the functions of coach Carlos Morbán, who was in his first experience in that position at such a high level.
Daniel Maffei, an Argentine who has trained in tournaments in Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Spain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, has been hired by the Puerto Plata team to take the reins.
The first six teams that will carry the results of the first round advance to the next phase. Each one will play five games and the best four will qualify for the semifinals.
The league will have a break after the end of the regular series, on Friday through the FIBA window. On July 6 it will resume with the elimination phase.