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Ranney School freshman Scottie Lewis might have been the favorite as an eighth grader if there were a Shore Conference Slam Dunk Contest last year, so there was no question who the favorite in the first ever competition was Wednesday night at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River.

Just like he did in his first year of high school basketball with the Panthers, Lewis lived up to the hype.

The 6-foot-5 freshman hammered home four perfect dunks on four attempts to capture to the first ever I'm Possible Training Shore Conference Slam Dunk title, beating out senior and runner-up Jordan Torney from Manchester.

Lewis sealed the contest with a 360-degree, one-handed dunk off a bounce on his second dunk of the final round. That followed a double-pump reverse dunk reminiscent of Dominique Wilkins in the late 1980's, which might have been the most conventional of his four dunks.

In the second round of the competition, Lewis notched a perfect score with a one-handed windmill dunk off one foot in which he took off a step-and-a-half inside the free-three line.

The Ranney freshman made an early statement by taking off a couple of feet inside the free-throw line for a one-handed slam.

"I've done it (from the free-throw line) but it's been a while since I actually made it," said Lewis, who is approaching his 16th birthday and, along with Ranney classmate Bryan Antoine, already has high-major Division I scholarship offers.

Torney earned his way to the final by besting Mater Dei senior Bryan Harris in a second-round dunk-off. The Hawks senior threw down a power slam off two feet to earn his way into the final and opened the championship round with a one-handed windmill. He then tried another windmill after an elaborate set-up, but came up empty on his final attempt.

"It's something I've always wanted to do - be in a dunk contest," said Torney, who is committed to compete as a Track and Field jumper at the University of Connecticut next year. "Going in, I was like, 'Yo, I can't wait to see what (Lewis) does. He's a great athlete. I was just having fun, trying to impress the crowd."

Each of the six participants - Lewis, Torney, Harris, Freehold Township junior Steve Staklinski, Rumson-Fair Haven senior Brendan Barry and Toms River East senior Tim Cook made his first-round dunk attempt. Cook, Harris and Barry all ended up in a first-round dunk-off, with Harris advancing into the second round with Lewis, Torney and Staklinski.

The participants in the first ever dunk contest were voted on by readers out of a list of 15 nominees.

*Watch the entire Dunk Contest from above the rim.*