Summerside Storm power forward Louis Birdsong slams home a dunk against the Windsor Express. (CBC)

The Summerside Storm will play for the championship in the National Basketball League of Canada.

The team earned its ticket to the final with a win over the Windsor Express at home Tuesday night in the fifth and deciding game of the league semi-final.

About 2,000 fans watched as the Storm outscored the Express 109-103.

"This is seeing your hard work pay off in a game five win," said Storm centre Nick Evans.

Fans left happy, but the biggest smile in the building may have been on the face of Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw. It is only the team's second season, and the franchise is still struggling to turn a profit. Shaw says every playoff game helps with that.


Every play off game will move the Summerside Storm closer to profit, says Summerside Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw. (CBC)

"The crowds in a playoff are all paid typically, so that helps a lot, versus some of the corporate stuff we do in the regular season," he said.

"It certainly helps the bottom line to go deep into the playoffs."

The Storm will compete in the best-of-five league final against the London Lightning. They travel to London for games one and two on the weekend, and will return to Summerside next Wednesday for game three.