Eagles were missing Neil Campbell and Stephen King from their starting five for the first leg of their Round One tie at the UL Arena, but Demons head coach Colin O’Reilly was still unhappy with his side’s performance.
“I thought we were extremely poor for 30 minutes of the 40,” he said. “We’re three years ahead of that Eagles in terms of our process but there were times in the first half that they looked a lot further down the road than we did.”
Eoin Quigley helped Eagles to a 15-14 first quarter lead and it took the introduction of Lehmon Colbert off the bench to open thing up for Demons guards Kyle Hosford and Roy Downey. An 11-0 run in the second quarter put the defending champions back in control.
“It’s nice to have a 30-point win and still be annoyed about it, but there’s a lot to work on,” said O’Reilly.
Elsewhere UCD Marian are the only side in the top half of the Men’s Premier League with home advantage for this weekend’s round of knockout basketball.
Last year’s beaten finalists host DCU this evening with Templeogue in Galway to face SSE Airtricity Moycullen and Pyrobel Killester on the road to Belfast Star. GCD Swords Thunder make a short trip to Rathfarnham to face Eanna.