BASKETBALL began in BC, one story goes, in 1897 when Carey Pope returned from Portland, OR, to VICTORIA to spread the word of a new sport developing in the US. Pope and other enthusiasts turned a building on Belleville St into BC's first basketball court by lining the windows with chicken wire, marking the floor and setting up iron hoops. However, historic photographs of a Victoria "BC Basketball Champions" team dating back to 1893–94 suggest even earlier origins for the game in BC.

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