A bold decision to field an all-local starting lineup led to the Sina Hong Kong All-Stars 103-86 defeat to the South Korean All-Stars in their opening game of the CTS Asian Basketball Association League at Wan Chai's Southorn Stadium last night. But Hong Kong's coach Wai Kee-shun insisted on sticking to his pro-local policy, saying that he would continue to give more on-court opportunities to the SAR's national players. The starters, headed by top three-pointer Yung Kam-wah, saw their rivals storm to a quick-fire 12-5 lead before Wai brought in tall mainlander Jie Jun and foreign players Michael Cumberland and Poncho Hodges. 'This is mostly a Hong Kong side so we shouldn't use foreign players at the beginning. We lost tonight but we didn't play too badly even when we played an all-local side. I'll continue to give them chances throughout the league,' Wai said. Cumberland, who topped the Hong Kong side's scoring with 21 points, said he understood the coach's wish to give the local players a confidence boost. He admitted their game was a little rough yesterday but was confident that they would improve over the course of the league. 'I expected the loss because we're a new team and we've only trained together for a week. We don't know how to play as a whole team yet,' he said. 'The problem for us tonight was that we were chasing from behind all the time and made some mistakes in defence. But I have no complaints because the Koreans shot well and ran fast.' The two teams will meet again at the same venue in the second game of Hong Kong's home leg tonight.