Federal Way players leave the court as Gonzaga Prep celebrates a 61-53 win in the WIAA 4A semifinals on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way players leave the court as Gonzaga Prep celebrates a 61-53 win in the WIAA 4A semifinals on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way Eagles take bronze in 4A state basketball tourney | PHOTOS

Federal Way falls to Gonzaga Prep in Friday’s seminfinals; G-prep wins back-to-back state titles.

It was an unusual sight at the WIAA 4A boys basketball state tournament: Two of Federal Way’s star players sitting on the sidelines with three minutes to go during the semifinal game against returning state champs Gonzaga Prep.

Federal Way senior Jaden McDaniels, a McDonald’s 2019 All American, and junior Tari Eason both fouled out during the final few minutes of the fourth quarter of Friday’s game.

Gonzaga Prep beat Federal Way 61-53 on Friday, March 1.

The Gonzaga Prep Bullpups then went on to claim the 4A state championship the next day, defeating Mount Si 69-43 on March 2.

Federal Way ultimately placed third after a win against Curtis 95-67 on Saturday, March 2.

Last year, the Eagles finished second in the 4A state competition to Gonzaga Prep.


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Fderal Way senior Jaden McDaniels, No. 2, prepares to dunk at Friday’s game. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Fderal Way senior Jaden McDaniels, No. 2, prepares to dunk at Friday’s game. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way senior Jishai Miller, No. 1, fends off a Gonzaga Prep player. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way senior Jishai Miller, No. 1, fends off a Gonzaga Prep player. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

McDaniels takes a buzzer-beater shot from the deep with six seconds left in the second quarter. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

McDaniels takes a buzzer-beater shot from the deep with six seconds left in the second quarter. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way junior Tari Eason awaits his introduction at the WIAA 4A state basketball semifinals. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way junior Tari Eason awaits his introduction at the WIAA 4A state basketball semifinals. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way Eagles regroup after a physical first quarter against Gonzaga Prep. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way Eagles regroup after a physical first quarter against Gonzaga Prep. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way junior Bradley Graham takes a shot at Friday’s game. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way junior Bradley Graham takes a shot at Friday’s game. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

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