On Tuesday afternoon, Team USA Basketball soundly defeated New Zealand 98-71 during FIBA World Cup play in Spain to improve to 3-0 in the tournament. Per usual with the Americans, there were plenty of impressive performances on the talented squad, but the highlight of the day occurred before the matchup between the two countries even began.
Prior to the start of any contest in the FIBA World Cup, the New Zealand players have been facing their opponents before taking part in a “Haka” dance on the court. All New Zealand national teams usually take part in the display, which is a traditional war dance challenge for the country.
It’s safe to say members of Team USA were not familiar with the tradition, as cameras caught some confused expressions on the faces of the Americans when New Zealand broke out the Haka dance prior to tipoff.
Team USA is back in action Wednesday afternoon against the Dominican Republic.