New Zealand Basketball Team Baffles U.S. Rival with Traditional 'Haka' Dance (VIDEO)

updated 09/05/2014 AT 12:45 PM EDT

originally published 09/04/2014 AT 11:25 AM EDT

Team USA was treated to some surprising pregame entertainment at its FIBA World Cup match against New Zealand.

Before approaching center court, the New Zealand team, known as the Tall Blacks, huddled up and then broke into a line formation. With fire in their eyes, the players stared down their American opponents and broke out into an aggressive, chest-bumping dance known as the Haka. The Haka is a warrior dance with roots in the Maori history of New Zealand. The bellowing roars and powerful moves are traditionally used for intimidation.

It's hard to tell if Team USA was intimidated by the impressive display, but the players were certainly a bit puzzled.


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Yanis Marshall





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