The Windsor Express could become national champions in their second year of existence, if they can calm the Island Storm Thursday night at the WFCU Centre.

It’s been a rollercoaster of a series for the Windsor Express, as the Charlottetown Island Storm have proven to be worthy foes. It’s a reflection of the team’s year – with attendance problems and questions raised over where the Express should play.

But the Express weathered the storm – staving off elimination while in Atlantic Canada and their efforts are paying off. Ticket sales are up and people are coming out in waves to support the team.  In fact, 100 tickets were sold immediately following game six, and over 1,500 tickets have been sold since.

If the Express can capture the National Basketball League championship Thursday night, it will cap off a strong performance on the court. But what that means for next season is yet to be seen.

 CTV Windsor reporter Bob Bellacicco examined the advantages and disadvantages the Express have by exploring a new venue earlier in the season. The team even tested a potential partnership with Caesars Windsor, with thousands turning up for Clash at the Colosseum.

However, going into Thursday night’s game, the focus for the Express and their fans is a championship win.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. and tickets are still available.