The Tall Blacks got their World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong off to a perfect start in Rotorua last night thanks to a rousing pre-game challenge.
The New Zealand men's basketball team performed their haka - Tu Kaha O Pango Te Kahikatea - prior to last night's game and were helped by Māori warriors.
The haka, which was composed Don Hutana and former Tall Black Paora Winitana, tells the story of how the Tall Blacks overcome great odds and challenges through their adventures.
It also draws from the story of Tāne and how he overcame adversity to gain the three baskets of knowledge.
Following the challenge, the Tall Blacks put on a dominant display to beat Hong Kong 124-65.
Six Kiwis finished the night in double figures for scoring while Shea Ili also contributed on offence and notched a game-high 10 assists.