LEVELLAND — Continuing its quest against the best, the Panola College Ponies earned a split at the Texan Classic over the weekend in the Texan Dome.

The 13th-ranked Ponies opened with an 85-84 overtime win over then-No. 6 South Plains College before falling to New Mexico Military Institute 58-55 for their first loss of the season.

Panola is now 6-1 on the season and has played three ranked teams. It still has two games against teams currently ranked and several conference opponents are receiving votes.

In Friday’s game against the Texans, the two teams battled back and forth for the entirecontest.

South Plains held a slim 28-27 lead at the half and held a 75-72 advantage in the closing seconds.

But Jermaine Dewey hit a 3-pointer from well behind the arc to tie the game and sent it into OT.

The Ponies gained control in overtime and held on for the one-point win.

Drewey led Panola with 21 points and five rebounds, while Stanton Rose had 19 points and four steals, Chris Coley had 13 points and nine rebounds, Kamari Brown had seven and Cameron Carson had six points and two steals.

Against NMMI, the Ponies led for most of the contest and were on top 32-25 at the half.

They had their share of shooting troubles in the second half, but tied the game at 55-55 on a 3-pointer from Drewey with 1:56 left.

Osborn Shema drained a 3 for the Broncos with 1:29 left and the Ponies missed their final four shots.

Stanton Rose had 16 points and three rebounds, Brown had 14 and Drewey had 13 points and six boards for Panola.

The Ponies are scheduled to play a home game Tuesday night against East Texas Baptist JV, which starts a five-game home stand that includes the conference opener against Jacksonville on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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