Shooting guard Ostap Choliy will miss the 2013-14 season after tearing his ACL. FILE PHOTO

Basketball team limps to opener

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By Michael Grace-Dacosta

The Ryerson men’s basketball team will take a devastating hit heading into the 2013 season, as shooting guard Ostap Choliy will be out the entire year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Choliy averaged 10 points per game last year — good for fourth on the team — and added 2.1 steals and 1.4 three-pointers per game in just seven games.

“I don’t think my loss will affect the team because we still have the talent to win every game,” said Choliy.

Playing in his first year at Ryerson last season, the former York Lion was limited to seven games due to eligibility transfer rules.

Former OUA all-star Aaron Best may also miss a few games after landing awkwardly and fracturing his foot during the off-season. He expects to return by late October or early November.

“We’re not too worried about [Best],” said head coach Roy Rana. “[The team] is experienced enough to transition back to get back where they left off last season.”

Best led the team in scoring last season, averaging 15 points per game and seven rebounds in 20 contests.

“I think what we have is a good core,” Best said. “Regardless of who’s not playing, we’ll find a way to make it work.” The Rams play their first regular season game on Nov. 1 at McMaster.

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