"While Canadian players are on the bench, they cheer and chant during important situations. It’s kind of freaking me out. Not that there’s anything wrong with it – I’m just not used to it. It reminds me of a softball game in America. The players on Ottawa's bench just started chanting 'Defense!' and McGill did something similar a couple times this afternoon."Actually, that would be "DE-fence! DE-fence!"
In all honesty, having played (very) little hoops (and badly at that) and covered basketball (no great shakes at that either), it had never sunk in that the players on the bench chanting "defence" was a Canadian thing. Who knows, maybe it stems from the fact that while Americans play in very loud, packed gyms, Canadian ballers often do play in gyms in front of just family and friends.
There's more on the Scotiabank Place doubleheader over at the mothership, Out of Left Field.